10 Things Fans Don't Know About Scourge The Hedgehog
In 1992, Archie Comics created what we now know as the infamous “gotta go fast” hedgehog by the name of Sonic. Since the birth of this character, there has been a slew of other creatures added into the world of Moebius-Prime, including one of Sonic’s most vindictive opponents, Scourge.
Scourge has green fur and is typically seen wearing a flame embroidered leather vest and red sunglasses. While he possesses all the same abilities as the real Sonic (such as super speed and strength), he has never been able to reign superior over the speedy blue hedgehog.
Scourge’s tale is as long and complicated and Sonic’s, with some little known facts about this character, frequently slipping through the cracks.
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10 He First Appeared in 1994
Archie Comics teamed up with Sega in 1992 to create a comic book series out of the popular Sonic video game. The series lasted until 2017 and now holds a Guinness World Record for longest published comic based off a video game.
Scourge first appeared in the series in 1994 as Sonic’s direct counterpart. Scourge came from Anti-Moebius, one of the hundreds of parallel universes in the Sonic comic series. He was written into the series as a cliche, Sonic’s “evil twin,” who served as a confusing rival to the comic’s cardinal character.
9 His Original Name Was 'Evil Sonic’
Scourge was originally named Anti-Sonic or Evil Sonic when he first landed on the pages. He came from an alternate universe from the planet Anti-Moebius. This realm presented the exact opposite of Sonic’s planet Moebius-Prime, complete with the evil Anti Freedom Fighters (later known as the Suppression Squad).
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On this planet, the evil Dr. Robotnik has a mirror opposite: a kindly veterinarian by the name of Dr. Kintobor. Evil Sonic was the ringleader for the Anti Freedom Fighters until the group ousted him due to his terrible leadership.
8 He Used To Look Exactly Like Sonic
While he was dubbed as the Anti-Sonic, Scourge looked just like the titular hedgehog. He was drawn in with blue fur and green eyes and virtually indistinguishable abilities. The only features that set the two look-a-likes apart were Evil Sonic’s accessories. He was fashioned with a leather jacket, boots, and vintage-style sunglasses. This initially made it easy for Sonic’s evil counterpart to take the protagonist's place and terrorize Moebius-Prime.
However, creators later decided to reimagine the character in order to further his story. In attempts to steal the Master Emerald from Locke the Guardian, Evil Sonic received his now notable scratch marks across his belly. In the same misadventure, Evil Sonic had a bad reaction to the Master Emerald, which resulted in his fur turning green and his eyes blue. These discernible marks helped create what we now know as Scourge the Hedgehog.
7 He May Have Killed His Father
Scourge’s father is Anti-Jules, who used to rule the plant Anti-Moebius. He was a massive contributor to the Great Peace, a time where the planet saw stagnant peace and prosperity. This era of peace, however, seemed to contribute to the planet’s eventual decline. Ten years later, Scourge plans to overtake the planet in cahoots with the Suppression Squad. It is during this takeover that his father is killed. Because Scourge was the leader of the Suppression Squad, it is believed that Anti-Jules died at the hands of his son.
6 He Stole the Chaos Emeralds
The Chaos Emerald grants the user brief super abilities of their natural selves. For the hedgehogs, this means the Chaos Emerald would make them faster and stronger than they already are. Per his employer’s instructions (the evil Dr. Robotnik), Scourge found his way to Moebius-Prime where he finds the Chaos Emerald on Floating Island. Anti-Knuckles acts as his aid before his guilt gets to him. Anti-Knuckles ultimately informs the Freedom Fighters of Scourge’s attempts and they are able to thwart the theft of the coveted emerald.
5 Scourge Dated Sonic’s Ex
Scourge is known for his ill-fitted comments towards the female characters in the Sonic series. However, his arrogant behavior seemed to propel the interests of Fiona Fox. Fiona is actually an ex-girlfriend of Sonic on Moebius-Prime. After a life of petty crime, she tried to turn over a new leaf by joining the Freedom Fighters. It was here that she initially started a relationship with Sonic before converting back to her old ways. Fiona fell in love with Scourge as he was the exact opposite of Sonic. She eventually ruled as Queen of Anti-Moebius alongside Scourge after helping him take over the planet. After the Suppression Squad turned their backs on Scourge and Fiona, the two were forced to go their separate ways.
4 He Briefly Took Over Knothole
While on a rescue mission with the Freedom Fighters, Sonic’s absence was taken advantage of by Scourge. Before his green transformation, Scourge’s identical appearance to Sonic enabled him and his Anti-Freedom Fighter league to pose as the heroes of Moebius-Prime.
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While they were able to fool the locals at first, Scourge and his friends were eventually found out, and Sonic and his friends were able to banish their evil counterparts back to their own reality.
3 He Had A Stalker
Despite his frequent desire to spur the interest of the females, Scourge unwillingly became a spectacle for Rosy the Rascal. Rosy is the polar opposite of Amy Rose, the erratic fan of Sonic the Hedgehog. While Amy Rose fights for the affection of Sonic, Rosy the Rascal is after Scourge in anger because he is constantly ignoring her. Rosy haunts the green hedgehog and finally confronts him, much to the fear of Scourge. He is able to get away and only has to face her again once he becomes Super Scourge. At this point, he is able to easily defeat his pesky, crazy stalker.
2 Metal Scourge
Metal Scourge was made alongside Metal Sonic at the hands of Dr. Eggman. The two metal-based replicas of the hedgehogs have the same capabilities, including supersonic speed and strength. Because of this unprecedented match, Sonic and Scourge are forced to work together to defeat Dr. Eggman’s creations.
1 Super Scourge Wasn't Always Purple
Scourge is able to obtain temporary invulnerability and excessive power through the Anarchy Beryl, turning him into Super Scourge. Anarchy Beryl is the counterpart to Moebius-Prime’s Chaos Emerald which hosts infinite power.
Super Scourge has black scleras and red irises. His fur and boots turn purple, his glasses and jacket flames are blue, and his scars become more defined. Super Scourge underwent four different concepts before the final look was decided upon.
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My Thoughts on Anti-Sonic: A Character Analysis - Part 1 of 3
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Compared to his new iteration as Scourge, Anti-Sonic is a fairly tame villain. Over time, though, the character did mature into something more sinister as the comics themselves matured lorewise. One might argue that Anti-Sonic was nothing more than a character existing only to be a living cliche as an “evil twin” of sorts but his growth as a recurring character disproves beyond a shadow of a doubt that he is just as complex as True Blue. That’s not to say that his existence didn’t start out as said trope but the writers obviously saw potential in Anti-Sonic to bring him back more than once. Nevertheless, even with his character development, his personality was not constructed without faults - he IS Sonic’s opposite, after all.
Since there are over 300 Sonic Archie comics (including the spin-offs) spanning roughly twenty some odd years, I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if some fans didn’t actually know that Scourge had an identity and design prior to his then current self. In fact, I’d venture to guess many weren’t even aware that formally-named Anti-Sonic was an early character. Our villain debuted all the way back in the beginnings of the comics, before he even carried the name Scourge; where he and his heroic double bumped into each other - literally.
Issue #11: Page 6-7, 10-11
Little did Anti-Sonic know that he would be meeting the TRUE Sonic; Sonic Prime… Little did he know that he would become a mere shadow that belonged to this individual. Sure, Anti was aware of the cosmic interstate and that Sonic was his living antithesis, but come on - this was written in the age where these comics were more about humor than story; what Anti-Sonic was doing here was purely for the reader’s benefit; neither of these characters would ever know the ever-growing complexities their stories would tell that would shape their personalities - these fourth-wall breaks would later decrease. Even their first impressions of one another was a representation of how silly their rivalry started out. Beyond that, Anti-Sonic proved to Sonic Prime that he was full of the same ‘tude and persistence that he himself has; solidifying that his evil self would be a stand-out and reoccuring rival.
THE ENEMY OF MY ENEMY IS MY FRIEND… KINDA.
Though Ol' Anti here may be a loner, much like Sonic himself, but also like Sonic, Anti has no qualms working with like-minded individuals toward a single goal. In this case, Anti-Sonic paired up with one of the most powerful of Buttnik's incarnations, Robo-Robotnik. I say paired up but it’s not like he REALLY had any other choice, since he was summoned there against his own volition...
Issue #19: Pages 13, 16-17
However, as with any villainous team, the two each had their own goal in mind; but the only one we're interested in here is Anti's. With Sonic Prime out of the way, Anti-Sonic could then rid of the other Sonics and become the ONLY Sonic in the Multiverse. This end-goal would be the driving point of Anti's character arc up until he becomes Scourge - but, as you’ll soon see, this end-goal shapes itself each time Anti-Sonic returns to the spotlight.
FRAMED FOR TROUBLE-MAKING
After the defeat of the Giant Borg - thanks to the help of almost every Alternate Sonic in the Multiverse, and It’s Hand was teleported by Robo-Robotnik, Anti also disappeared from the issue entirely. Once Sonic nabbed him, that was it- it’s like he ran back to Moebius or something. And since then, things have been quiet in Anti-Sonic’s part of the Multiverse… Things were too cozy for the punk. While being Sonic’s evil counterpart may be his shtick, the two share the need for adventure and fun; what constitutes as fun depends on which Hedgehog you ask!
Issue 24: Pages 2-6, 8-9, 15-16, 18-21
Don’t let the boredom in his eyes fool you, this is actually one of the first times we see Scourge in a slump - and he was still Anti-Sonic at this point! These slumps define the character and provide context as to who he really is (definitely pay attention to future Parts for said context!). Without that butt-whoopin’ from Anti-Sally, Anti-Sonic wouldn’t have had the bright idea to make Mobius Prime’s life a bit miserable with a little help from his posse. It’s almost as if this no-goodnik is reliant on other no-goodniks to literally beat the tar (and goodness) out of him before he reaches full potential… hmm...
Being dimensional doppelgangers worked out in Anti-Sonic’s favor. He and a few other Antis caused mischief towards other Mobians, which put Sonic and the others in the hot seat - the hottest of hot seats. Of course, the heroes cooked up a plan to draw out and expose the miscreants. Who knew posing as a band of gypsies would fool both the fools and victims of their tomfoolery? The ego of the Anti-Freedom Fighters was high, they had roughed everyone up - and to top it all off, they figured these “gypsies” would be easy-pickin’s. Sadly, they never saw through the guise of the Freedom Fighters and their quick-thinking, teamwork, and resourcefulness. And it brought them to a screeching, painful, and humiliating halt. Moments before said halt, Anti-Sonic could see his failure handwritten on the wall of the back of his conscience - then he (and the rest of his posse) ate concrete.
Being exposed is never a fortifying feeling and when people feel vulnerable - especially when naturally an open book, they lash out in any way they can. Upon realizing the “gypsies” were the heroes in disguise, Anti more or less winced at the taste of the medicine he fed everyone else. Being outsmarted only fueled Anti-Sonic’s fire and his purpose for being in Mobius in the first place. I believe Anti-Sonic HATES being outsmarted by his “better” half more because he deems him as his lesser half for being better. He’d never miss an opportunity to take Sonic on mano-e-mano, but since they’re both one in the same - albeit two very different sides of the same coin, Sonic anticipates his attack (he did verbally instigate it, after all).
Before Anti cut Sonic off, our hero was about to say an interesting phrase. Check it out-
“What's good for the goose is good for the gander”
● If something is good, acceptable, or beneficial for one person, it is or should be equally so for another person or persons as well.
● Example: “Well I guess if you are entitled to stay out until all hours, then I'll do the same. After all, what's good for the goose is good for the gander, right?”
I had no idea what Sonic was referencing with the phrase until I looked it up and it's an excellent point on Anti-Sonic’s character: It’s perfectly A-okay for him to be cunning but when someone does it to him? Nu-uh, he ain’t havin’ ANY of that. Though Anti-Sonic tried to block him out like a kid putting their fingers in their ears and shut him up via starting a fight, he knows he cannot deny the truth of Sonic’s words, hence why he immediately retaliated. Yet again, Anti was horribly defeated (the heroes realized being evenly-matched didn’t bode well for a triumph so they switched partners) but it kind of turned out alright for him in the end, he got what he wanted - A fight! Though, I’m sure he had hoped for a victory and not a defeat...
I HATE IT WHEN A PLAN FALLS APART...
Issue 44: Page 6-7, 13-14, 18, 21-23, 27
On a hunt for the Chaos Emeralds with Anti-Knuckles, Anti-Sonic arrived at the floating island but failed to get what he came for so he and his cohort retreated back into the portal they entered from. Later, the duo ambushed the band of heroes that came through the cosmic interstate into Moebius and, of course, Anti-Sonic specifically targets Sonic out of resentment while Anti-Knuckles goes after Knuckles.
During the skirmish between the two Sonics, Anti-Sonic makes it very clear that he abhors Sonic’s very nature; almost as if he were looking into a mirror with a distorted reflection, wishing to break said mirror into pieces. Even when pinned down, Anti-Sonic grins eerily and reeks with confidence - foreshadowing what Scourge’s personality would look like.
After Anti-Knuckles abruptly ceased fighting and explaining both his pacifism and the impending doom upon his Sunken Island, the group wasted no time in aiding Anti-Knuckles’ dilemma. Anti-Sonic remains silent when travelling with them - up until they meet Robotnik, who was busy drilling for resources and testing his latest devices to use on Sonic and company. Though Anti-Sonic applauded Robotnik’s exploitation of Moebius, he overlooked the one thing Robotnik never fails to do - betray and cheat those who are dumb enough to side with him. This critical mistake ultimately led him to fessing up about the deal he had made and becoming tied up under Sonic's supervision until he was let go.
SSS Issue #10: Page 15-17, 22, 28-29, 38
Among the first things I noticed immediately concerning Anti-Sonic in this issue, it’s attire change. I wanted to mention this in the previous section but I didn’t want to bring it up randomly for fear it would have been irrelevant. But now I have a VERY good reason to mention it because the change is quite apparent here and is consistent - meaning there’s a pattern to be seen. In Issues #11, #19, and #24, his attire virtually stays unchanged but in Issue #44, both Anti’s character designer(s) (and likely the character himself) were fiddling around with a new look for the hedgehog - well, kind of. You see, he still has his trademark leather jacket and shades but his eyewear is a different style and they possess no arms - not to mention he is sporting Sonic’s trademark red with white striped sneaks (plus the jacket, while relatively unchanged, has a new red :no_entry_sign: symbol on the side of the right shoulder.
Now fast forward to Sonic Super Special #10 and you see Anti-Sonic kind of going back to his roots wearing all leather. The jacket’s style is a little bit different but it’s pretty much the same get-up. The :no_entry_sign: symbol is missing from the new jacket. This symbol is a tame version of symbols that you might see on many punk leather jackets but the meaning behind it is still the same - rebellion; something that defines Anti-Sonic at his very core (and Sonic to a lesser extent). Why trash such a pivotal symbol, I wonder? Another small change to his attire is the boots - they’re virtually identical to the boots of old minus the buckle - what once was the same color of the footwear is now golden. There are two additions to the leather jacket: Firstly is the neat looking shoulder epaulets and second is the attached belt. The epaulets may not mean much since alot of leather jackets have them but did you know that they are a status symbol? Both Antoine and Anti-Antoine wear them because of their military history. But the most important crucial change is the attached belt. It’s not even fastened, it’s loose. No doubt more proof to Anti-Sonic’s defiance - why look neat and tidy by fastening the belt when you want to look like a guy who’s hellbent on disorder and destruction? That belt is important because it’s the only detail that doesn’t change when Anti-Sonic gets yet another attire change later down the line.
Alright, that’s enough about attire and appearances; Anti-Sonic’s entire posse underwent changes too so we’re gonna just move onto the important stuff. And that, is the relationship between our main guy and the other Anti’s. His ego is probably the worst out of them all so of course he’s up front. And being the de facto leader of the Anti-Freedom Fighters, he’ll bark at anyone - even someone as competent as Anti-Sally; despite their apparent relationship. Judging from the reaction he gave Anti-Sally regarding their inability to break into Dr. Kintobor’s tower, there’s no question that he treats all of his comrades the same way.
The next page possibly reveals a fragment of what his new form as Scourge would regularly feel - a tinge of self-doubt. But naturally, being the tough guy Anti-Sonic is, he’d sooner perform Harakiri than openly display ANY signs of weakness. Unfortunately for him, though, stoicism didn’t spare him his dignity. Anti-Sally and Anti-Antoine were well aware of the slump and his position as leader was being challenged as a result. But with an ego like his, a leader other than himself is an unfathomable and ridiculous idea. Too bad that slump made everyone abandon him - even his “best friend”. It’s almost curious and coincidental that a mysterious villain offered Anti-Sonic an equally mysterious proposition…
This proposition led Zonic the Zone Cop to contact Sonic Prime for assistance because, as it turned out, that proposition was something on the monumental scale. Remember all the Sonics that exist in other Zones - the ones that helped take down the Giant Borg? Well, they all kept a piece of the automaton to prevent it from being built ever again but they were apparently duped by Anti-Sonic to cough them up (so much for trusting yourself, eh, Sonic? - Refer to Issue #24, page 24). As far as I can tell, how the guy managed to do this is unclear but if I know this evil Hedgehog like I think I do, he more than likely pulled an old card from his book of tricks - deception. As he did in Issue #24, I’ll bet dollars to doughnuts he coerced each and every one of the other Sonics to give him what he needed by pretending to be the version of himself whom he loathes entirely. But to be honest, I have no clue how he could manage such a feat and get away with it. And if by chance deception was not used, I’m even more at a loss.
Fortunately, even as convenient as it was, since Sonic Underground had not yet been created during the events of Issue #24, this zone was untouched because Its Sonic did not get recruited by Zonic to help Sonic Prime with the Giant Borg and thereby, Underground Sonic didn’t have a Giant Borg piece. Not that it stopped Anti-Sonic from trying… However, Anti-Sonic’s failure to realize that Underground Robotnik was not the correct Doctor he needed to speak to, he put himself into a situation that would have ended very badly for him were it not for Sonic’s good nature - and the fact that he needed to be imprisoned elsewhere. Oh, and for good measure, whilst being imprisoned, not only did he get abandoned by the other Antis, he was replaced! Yes, his fainting was played for laughs but it truly shows just how important being on top is to him.
FIVE MINUTE FREEDOM
Issue #112: Pages 15-16
Anti-Sonic’s cameo in this issue is as brief as the time he was free from prison. For context, Antoine was telling his father, General D’Coolette, a story about how he used karate to apprehend Robotnik but the General was puzzled on how such an event could take place without harm coming to his son. Antoine, nervous that he had been found out, began to sweat bricks. Before the lad could explain, Anti-Sonic approached them - seemingly privy to Ant’s tall tale (then again, this IS Antoine we are talking about here so I guess it’s not that far-fetched to say even Anti-Sonic knew the truth). It’s almost humorous that one of the first things he asked the D’Coolettes for was money.
Were it not for the fact that Antoine genuinely believed the Hedgehog was actually Sonic in disguise for his honor’s sake - something he believed to be part of the plan that the two privately discussed in order to make the General proud of his son, Anti-Sonic might have gotten away with a bit of trouble (not by much though, since he WAS also targeting a veteran). Karate-chopping the evil doppleganger without warning or even an ounce of fear, the criminal escapee went down. Coming to, Anti-Sonic was understandably confused as to what was so funny about a fainting Coyote. It’s almost too bad that we did not see what Anti-Sonic was plotting to do in Mobius beyond a little mugging.
Also- I love how Anti-Sonic decides to make a liar out of me about what I said in the previous section regarding the first TWO paragraphs where I talked about his attire change by fastening the belt on his jacket in this issue… LOL What gives?
Issue #150: Pages 3-4, 9-10, 12-14, 20
Something felt off about Sonic when I was reading page 3 but I couldn’t put my finger on it. The evil half-smirk should’ve been a red flag but my brain perceived as disinterest - but if it had truly been Sonic, he would have spoke up. And he didn’t. His response to Mina’s question about Ash also should have been an obvious flag but for whatever reason, it went right over my head. Sonic would NEVER facilitate cheating as he treats women with respect. It was good that Mina came to her senses and did the right thing by fleeing (it’s kinda funny how pathetically disappointed he looked because she left him - that was just to confuse the readers on who the Hedgehog was, however). You know what hit me over the head when I realized it was Anti-Sonic this whole time? The fact that he called Amy babe (and yet I also overlooked him calling Mina this). Sonic would NEVER call Amy by this pet-name, nor even entertain the thought of being anything more than her friend. So of COURSE this was Anti. I don’t even want to think about what he did with Amy - who, at one point, was younger than 12 years old, mind you (guessing that’s why nothing was actually shown between the two)… Eyyccch!
To make matters worse, the guy stoops so low that he preys on Bunnie’s emotions and takes advantage of her desire for affection. I can’t even fathom how he managed to persuade her, considering Sonic’s affections for Sally! It’s no wonder that Tails was angry (well, that and being labeled as a “kid sidekick” is a good reason too - which was another red flag that I noticed)! After Anti-Sonic dismissed Tails’ feelings and actually tried to continue to kiss Bunnie, she questioned “Sonic” if he was okay, being the only girl who was suspicious (why she didn’t take note of his behavior when he called the foxboy what he called him, I’ll never know). Assuming Anti-Sonic made up some lie about his manipulative behavior, Bunnie stayed with him… And, as evidently subtle as it was, the two might’ve, possibly did more than take a really long nap.
But after Bunnie went home cuz it was dark and when it was all said and done, Anti-Sonic revelled in his little deceptive antics. I gotta give it to him though, his plan was brilliant. Definitely a step up from the last time he tried to deceive Mobius' citizens! But Anti-Sonic’s undying fire for any attractive woman could not be quenched so what does he do? IMMEDIATELY breaks his neck at the only other Sonic character who dresses like she’s a hooker - Rouge. He even freely admits to forsaking the others just for a piece of that action - not that he was planning to go steady with the others, anyway. Needless to say, Issue #150 is where Anti-Sonic starts to blossom into Scourge a little bit. And, admittedly, seeing the casanova in action boiled my blood. This kind of behavior is EXACTLY what made me loathe him so much. It’s so scummy, it’s disgusting. Too bad his little romantic discordance wasn’t handed back to him in the next Issue…
Issue #151: Pages 3-6, 8, 14, 16-18, 20-21
...That said, I feel REALLY sorry for Sonic, as he had to put up with the roughing-up that Anti-Sonic solely deserves for all the wrongs he has done to his gang! The guy’s brilliant plan made it possible for him to dodge a VERY large bullet that he may or may not know he had comin’ for him! I’m a little perturbed as to what he meant by “your lucky day” - That... is quite ambiguous. And all the while, failing to charm Rouge normally (she isn’t your average gal), he managed to charm her with jewelry… ooof course. Still, the two make a good pair when stealing and deception are involved, I suppose. Rouge used her feminine wiles to distract Locke and Anti-Sonic goes for the giant hunk of rock. Unfortunately for him, his former gang members were all too willing to let Sonic go back to Mobius - how could they refuse when Sonic likely told them he was going after his evil self?
While the two Hedgehogs duked it out, I couldn’t help but disagree with what Anti-Sonic said about Sonic “not knowing himself”... See, what he fails to understand is that ironically, while he’s trying to come out of Sonic’s shadow, he displays how radically different he is than him. Hence why Sonic responded with “Better than you, poseur!” Even Sonic can see how stuck the guy is between two fragments of self (and on that note, I am starting to see that Anti-Sonic has a problem with calling everyone babe... For some reason)! Here's the thing that separates the two so clearly - Do you honestly believe for a second that Anti is gonna use the rock he picked up to merely knock out Sonic (again)? I don’t think so! He means business! Why else would he say “Sayonara, simp!”?
You know something funny, though? Anti-Sonic called Sonic’s life “too good of a gig”, implying his life is better than the one he lives back on Moebius. MEANING that desire he had all the way back in Issue #19 to be the only Sonic alive has evolved into being THE Sonic the Hedgehog! His old life is null and void. He doesn’t have the gang who’s loyal to him anymore, and despite being capable of living like a loner, he clearly doesn’t want to be alone. He wants everything Sonic has; friends, love, respect… only problem is, his viewpoint is twisted so what he ACTUALLY wants is loyal lackies, a harem, and endless fame. He wants a good life but he doesn’t really comprehend what a good life is because of how much he detests goodness. Anti-Sonic is like a fragile vase at this point - and that vase has fallen off its pedestal, about to shatter into a million pieces. Mentally, he’s already there but he hasn’t quite achieved the full effect yet. But in the next Issue, though he most certainly will...
Also, I love how Locke just YEETS Anti-Sonic out of the chamber using the Master Emerald, that had me laughin’!
Issue #160: Pages 8, 13, 16, 22
So, you guys know how I have been mentioning Anti-Sonic’s attire and how it changes? Well, considering in the previous section, the last we saw of him, he had nothing on but socks. It all makes sense as to why his final wardrobe transformation was so radically different. The new clothes he adorns were probably stolen. Now, I’m probably just projecting here but those flames on the sleeves could be a symbol of that aforementioned burning desire to BE Sonic. Or it’s just another edgy symbol for him to show off…
Both sporting new outfits, the dynamic duo of Rouge and Anti-Sonic return for the Master Emerald once again. Only this time, they seem more familiar with each other - enough to bicker about- WAIT A MINUTE, ROUGE KNOWS IT’S NOT ACTUALLY SONIC NOW?! S-Sorry, the realization of the name she used hit me hard just now… Anyway, their quibbling and squabbling, as amusing as it was, gets interrupted by Locke. Anti, naturally, in his egotism, expects others to give him a pass on his behavior simply because it’s his birthday… Too bad for him, he decided that the best way to celebrate the day of his birth was to intercede on the duty of an Echidna. Not second-guessing Anti-Sonic’s worth, Locke decides to focus on Rouge instead. A big mistake for the Guardian but that one lapse in judgment gave way for Anti-Sonic’s death and rebirth anew into a whole other person entirely...
While attempting to go Super Sonic using the Master Emerald, every shred of evil inside of him must’ve mixed up the M.E. power-giving signals because it dyed the Hedgehog’s fur green and eyes tinted blue. Locke’s efforts to protect the giant gem only solidified the newfound identity of his foe; brandishing two nasty scars with a single Chaos-infused blow to his abdomen. Even his new ensamble changed - his once pristine leather jacket is torn on the sleeve cuffs and he flaunts some (random) new red shades. Seriously, where’d he get the sunglasses? He didn’t have them prior to the alteration - I guess that Master Emerald is one heck of a fashion designer! Oh, and it also changed his red boots(?) to green. Yeah, there must be someone inside that rock who has a thing for matching colors and giving characters complete makeovers… Invite the gemstone over for slumber parties, girls!
With the super-special reveal, the Bat-Girl is deservedly dumbfounded by what she sees before her. Still thinking he’s Anti-Sonic, the now green Hedgehog corrects her wordage. Visibly relishing his new form; the dude is no longer tied to the moniker “Anti-Sonic”, no longer associated with his doppleganger from another dimension; he now was his own Hedgehog. Scourge the Hedgehog, to be exact. And just as the comic itself left on a cliffhanger, this blog series is going to do likewise. Yup, that concludes Part 1! Expect Part 2 (and maybe more Parts) to be a bit more in-depth on Anti-Sonic-- I mean Scourge. For example, I’ll be going over the etymology of his newly chosen name and why it suits him, oh, so well. Apologies for the crappy put-together collage of images, it was the only way I could ensure every frame was visible to the reader without resorting to putting them all into gifs. I’m not very good with timing frames in gifs so it was either this or nothing - and I ain’t choosin’ the latter! I labored about a week on this though sleep-deprevation so you KNOW I took analysis seriously! Anyhow, I sincerely hope you enjoyed this blog! Until next time~
Characters from the original universe before issue #252. These characters are permanently erased from the new timeline thanks to the Super Genesis Wave.
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The Dark Legion
A group of technology obsessed echidnas that split off from society into their own cult. They were banished into an alternate dimension for centuries.
- Cyborg: Anyone who is part of this faction will always have some cybernetic item attached or replacing their organic parts.
- Enemy Civil War: The Dark Legion has had a lot of problems with factionalism. Kragok managed to avoid one such war when he took over and stripped Lien-Da of her political title; and the changing of the guard from Kragok to Dimitri went off without a hitch. Problems arose when Dimitri wanted to bury the hatchet with the other Echidnas and the Dark Legion fractured into numerous groups that fillout all sorts of alignments. Many settled into Echidnopolis, and when it was taken over they sided with Lien-Da. Dr. Finitevus backed Remington as a new Grandmaster and he had his own splinter group (the Frost Legion) following him and challenging Lien-Da (leading the Flame Legion) for authority.
- Faceless Goons: Their hoods obscure their faces save for their eyes; making them easy to dispose of mooks.
- Mundane Utility: Ian Flynn stated that in addition to serving as bio-enhancements and weaponry, Legionares get mechanical implants as a form of self expression and how these Echidnas show their devotion to technology.
- Put on a Bus: The Legion were Ken's creation and they were scrubbed from the comic following the reboot.
- Renegade Splinter Faction: They're a renegade faction of the Echidna society dating back to the days of Edmund and Dimitri. Edmund's genealogy spawned the Brotherhood while Dimitri's spawned the legion.
- Villain Decay: Justified as the Dark Egg Legion. While the Legion started out fairly powerful, numerous set backs ensued to the point where most of their members either died or defected after the mass-depowering. By the time the remnant signs on with Eggman they're a fraction of the size with many of their more powerful members dead (Xenin, Kragok), turned turncoat (Julie Su, Dr. Finitevus) or MIA (Moritori Rex) and the powers of Enerjak are long gone. The DEL are just easily defeated mooks prone to comedy rather than the fearsome Dark Legion they started out as.
A distant ancestor of Knuckles, Lien-Da, and Julie-Su. Spent several centuries as the Chaos-empowered demigod Enerjak.
- A God Am I: When he became Enerjak, he declared himself a god.
- Anti-Villain: He gradually revealed himself as this. Part of it came from him learning from his mistakes after being stripped from his powers, and working towards a peace between Echidnas. Part of it was via retcon showing Dimitri's initial experiment to not be entirely through selfishness as the corrupt council was continually blocking his and Edmund's desire to help people.
- Arch-Enemy: Before his HeelFace Turn, he served as this to Knuckles.
- The Atoner: Has become this following his HeelFace Turn.
- Big Bad: Of Knuckles' spin-off series.
- Brain in a Jar: Well, head, his body is long since gone with only cybernetics keeping him alive.
- Brought Down to Normal: Was stripped of his powers by Mogul.
- Cyborg: One of few Echidnas still with their original Dark Legion cybernetics.
- The Dragon: As Grandmaster of the Dark Egg Legion, he served as this to Eggman.
- Drunk On The Darkside: The Chaos Emeralds gave him one hell of a Power High and he grew erratic and careless. When he was depowered he regains his former clarity, lamenting how he never used his incredible power in the most practical of ways.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: While he's frustrated with his descendant Lien-Da's treachery and short-sightedness, he still loves her and continually tries to pull her from danger even if it was brought by her own hubris.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Not apparent at first, but gradually Dimitri becomes one of the least evil of the major villains. He continually tries to push for more peaceful solutions only for Mogul, Eggman, and even Lien-Da to keep undermining him with the depravity they can get to. Dimitri also expresses regret with working with the likes of Dr. Finitevus.
- Fake Defector: He reveals to Knuckles that he joined forces with Eggman in order to weaken him from within.
- Forgot About His Powers: As Enerjak, he failed to use any nigh-omnipotent powers to defeat Knuckles in their first fight or to teleport back to Mobius after being blasted into space.
- HeelFace Turn: He was an Anti-Villain to begin with, and was continually subject to Eviler Than Thou (first from Mogul and then from his own great-X-granddaughter Lien-Da). He began to realize the damage he's done to his people and the rest of echidna kind, leaving Knuckles to enforce this on him in order to search for the Brotherhood and save what's left of their race.
- Invincible Villain: Subverted. As Enerjak, Knuckles has never once defeated him. At least not on his own.
- Mad Scientist
- Outliving One's Offspring: Dimitri ends up outliving his son Menniker, Menniker having died in battle with the Guardian Aaron.
- Physical God: As Enerjak.
- Put on a Bus: Gone after the reboot.
- Really 700 Years Old: Was kept perpetually young by his Chaos powers. When they were stolen, however, he aged rapidly, to the point that the only way to save him was to surgically remove his head, and attach it to a life support system in a floating fish bowl. Eggman later enhanced this by equipping him with tentacle like extensions to his dreadlocks, granting him back limbs per se.
- Sanity Slippage: The chaos energies flowing through his mind warped it and as Enerjak, Dimitri became far more violent, power-hungry, and cruel. His sanity returns when Mogul de-powers him.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: He spent several centuries buried under the rubble of his own fortress, and shortly after escaping from there, was launched into space for a while.
- That Man Is Dead: When he attained the powers to become Enerjak, he left his old identity behind.
Kragok: "Great Dimitri!!!"
Enerjak: "Lord Enerjak will do, Kragok! Dimitri is but a distant memory!"
- Unskilled, but Strong: Seemed to be a running theme with him as Enerjak, if not Enerjak incarnations in general. For example, he had more raw power than Mogul when they first met, but Mogul stole his powers with little effort.
- Unwitting Pawn: To Finitevus during the events leading up to the "Enerjak Reborn" arc - he thought his power would be returned to him, but Finitevus was just using him to figure out how to turn someone else into Enerjak.
- Villain Cred: When he returns from his first defeat he lands right on top of, and destroys, a statue of him that the Dark Legion created. He takes a moment to admire the craftsmanship of the statue, saying he'd like to meet the person who made it.
- Villain Decay: Once he becomes a cyborg, and eventually just a head, he slowly becomes less of a threat in every appearance and easily defeated by Knuckles and the Choatix. He joins Eggman to prevent Lien-da from making things worse and was demoted to Elite Mook. Sometime after Lien-Da betrays him for power, he was later found by the Freedom Fighters and is strong armed into a HeelFace Turn by Knuckles.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: By the end of his run, Dimitri's motivations are primarily for the preservation of his people, unlike many of his associates such as Lien-Da who are motivated by power or wrath. However he still resorts to aligning himself with unscrupulous clients, often making him a Guilt-Ridden Accomplice for the Big Bad of each arc.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Was a pretty okay guy until he became Enerjak, at which point he completely lost it. Fortunately, his sanity was restored when he was DePowered.
Power mad older sister of Julie-Su and Grandmaster of the Dark Egg Legion. Despises her little sister (the feeling is very mutual).
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: She, and what's left of the Dark Legion, turn to Eggman when Enerjak (Knuckles) took her cybernetics away. Eggman gives them what they want, for a price.
- Ascended Extra: Initially a very minor henchman that gradually got much more of a role in the series.
- The Baroness: Sexpot kind. While Dmitri was in charge of the Dark Legion (before it became the Dark Egg Legion), her title was "Kommissar", and she can sometimes be seen sporting a whip to go with that form-fitting black military uniform.
- Big Bad Wannabe: Seeks to be Grandmaster of the Dark Legion and conquer the world herself, however she always ends up outplayed by other more competent villains or her own impulses or hubris, leaving her an opportunistic lackey most of the time. Eggman actually revives her for this reason, treating Lien-Da's ineffectual attempts to usurp him like an amusing little game he always beats her at, much the same way as he does with Snively.
- Cain and Abel: She, along with Kragok despised their younger sister and immediately set upon disposing of her (Lein Da in particular lingered over whether just to kill her instead). Interestingly, Lien Da herself was double crossed by Kragok out of power as Grandmaster, leading her to have played both roles of the trope.
- Control Freak: Actually has nothing against robbing the sentience of her clan to get them to follow her orders.
- Cyborg: Though not as apparent as most Legionaries. Ian Flynn states that she didn't want to alter her appearance too much and most of her cyborg additions are internal or covered under clothing.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Didn't Think This Through: Lien-Da has this as a Fatal Flaw. She's never much for planning and more acting when an opportunity sees itself, but never seems to think what to do past a certain point in action or what her opponents are really capable of. This nearly gets her killed when she has the bright idea to attack the Iron Queen, a Technopath, when she herself is a cyborg; she goes down like a chump thanks to the Queen activating the Explosive Leash Eggman had installed in Lien-Da's cybernetics, and the only reason she survives at all is because Eggman decides to rebuild her. This is also what cost her a leadership role in the Dark Legion: her and her brother Kragok were planning on murdering their father so they could both be leaders. Just so happens she didn't even think that her brother would double-cross her as well and while she survives the weapon that killed their father blowing up on her, Kragok steals the leadership role under her nose.
- Distaff Counterpart: Her penchant for being a treacherous Smug Snake essentially makes her the Snively of the Dark Egg Legion. They even relate to each other's desires for power and revenge in a few conversations (when not bickering childishly).
- The Dragon: Often carries the rank of Commissar.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: In the Mobius: 25 Years Later timeline altered by King Sonic's time-traveling, she's still as evil as ever, but she seems to genuinely love her son Rutan (in the unaltered timeline, she's actually semi-Heel Face Turned.)
- Even Evil Has Standards: Her future self is horrified when King Shadow goes to use Tikhaos to destroy everything, also, she isn't willing to get the royal twins involved in battle, being 'innocent' according to her.
- Evil Redhead
- Freudian Excuse: "Dad liked you more!"
- Gory Discretion Shot: In the climax of the Iron Dominion Arc, she had tried to enact a coup against Regina and attacked her. But Regina countered by activating the bomb in her cybernetics. We see an explosion shortly after, along with Snively and some minions' horrified reaction, and the legion quickly shouting to gather up her body before fleeing.
- HeelFace Turn: She had reformed 25 years later and made peace with Julie-Su. But it was changed when King Sonic went time-hopping and somehow prevented this from happening. Possibly because in the new timeline, Shadow had took over and thus she didn't get over her power hungry tendencies.
- I Have No Father: She disowned her father Luger, to the point of viewing her grandfather Moritori Rex as her father.
- It's All About Me: To a sociopathic degree. Granted, she has been constantly put as second in command.
- Laughably Evil: Has few restraints and mobilities, has exterminated or screwed over the large majority of her family and people as a stepping stone in her attempts for power. Nevertheless she has the comical demeanor of a spoiled child and things never quite seem to go her way.
- Lightning Lash: She can form whips made of electricity.
- Never My Fault: Blames her family (particularly her younger sister) for all her grievances in her life. Also tends to blame those around her when plans go wrong (her Great-Great-Grandfather was far more willing to point out her own incompetence, naturally not long after which he was due for the chop as well).
- Older Than They Look: Despite her appearance, she's actually 33 years old. In an alternate timeline, she retains the same look when she's 63 years old.
- Opportunistic Bastard: Lien-Da wants power and control, but never really has a concrete plan in place to do so. Rather than plan things out, she's more into acting on any opportunities that present themselves. Sadly, she never thinks past a certain point or plans out what to do afterward; her lack of long-term planning had near-fatal consequences when she tried to usurp the Iron Queen, only to be blown up.
- Put on a Bus: Gone after the reboot, and was put on a bus shortly before it.
- Psychopathic Manchild: Can be quite the spoiled brat when things don't go her way. She's not above teasing Snively either.
Aw, is little Snivy-kins not getting the attention he needs?
- Self-Made Orphan: Murdered both her father and her stepmother, the former to become Grandmaster of the Legion.
- Shock and Awe: After Eggman rebuilds her.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: With Julie-Su.
- Slapstick Knows No Gender: Tended to suffer a few comical thrashing from the heroes, especially in Flynn's era.
- Smug Snake: Is not in much control of a situation as she thinks, as evidenced when she tries to make a bid for power during the final battle with the Iron Queen.
- The Starscream: Tired of playing second fiddle, she always finds a way to reach for the top. She gets her chance by disposing of her Father and later her Great-Great-Grandfather to gain the role of Grandmaster and tried to overthrow the Iron Queen. This didn't work out too well however.
- Is currently one to Eggman. He in fact saved her from dying because he's amused by having his underlings trying to kill him as part of his "game."
- Throw the Dog a Bone: After being detonated by the Iron Queen, Eggman rebuilds her. Despite expecting to look like one of his other horrific cyborgs, or even worse, like Dimitri, Eggman pretty much revived her perfectly, amused by her treachery. As a bonus, he also installed her with combat utilities, making her more of a threat to the Freedom Fighters and (relatively) less of the Dark Egg Legion's Butt-Monkey.
- Took a Level in Badass: After spending her entire existence as a non-action villain, she recently turned into a fighter that can pose a danger to Sonic thanks to the cybernetics she gained from Eggman.
- Why Am I Ticking?: As with most Eggman minions, she was implanted with a bomb in her body via her cybernetics. Working under the Iron Queen somewhat diminished the threat since Regina wasn't as trigger happy as Eggman long as they didn't cross her. But Lien-Da attempted to overthrow her near the end of the arc and...well Regina did just that, activated her explosives and nearly killed her. It was only thanks to Eggman that she managed to survive.
- Witch with a Capital "B": Julie-Su certainly considered her such, and with valid reason.
Lien-da's brother, Julie-Su's half-brother, Remington's father and descendant of Dimitri.
- Back for the Dead: He and Tobor are lost into a portal locked in combat. Many issues later Dimitri accidently reopens the portal and the pair tumble out, fatally crashing into the Legion's airship.
- Cain and Abel: As united he and Lien-Da were in their vendetta against their family (especially their youngest sister, Julie-Su), ultimately Kragok had no qualms brutally double crossing even her for that extra role of power either.
- Cyborg: As par the course for Legionnaires.
- Demoted to Dragon: The de-facto leader of the Legion in his first outing, Kragok willingly gives up control to Dimitri after he returns from space.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Kragok sent his son Remington away to Echidnaopolis in order to protect him from Lien-Da.
- I Can Rule Alone: He and Lien-Da initially agreed to share power as Grandmaster, but he double-crossed her by duping her into killing their father with a faulty weapon that literally blew up in her face once she did the deed. While Lien-Da was in a coma, Kragok took over as the sole Grandmaster.
- I Have No Father: He disowned his father Luger, to the point of viewing his grandfather Moritori Rex as his father.
- Manipulative Bastard: Hated his family so much that he conspired to get his father, Luger, killed, injured Lien-Da enough to keep the full power of Grandmaster to himself, and erased Julie-Su's memory of her family and tossed her at a couple and told her to treat her as if she were an orphan before taking them away from her.
- Put on a Bus: Gone after the reboot.
- Self-Made Orphan: Murdered both his father and his stepmother, the former to become Grandmaster of the Legion.
- The Starscream: Was this to Lien-Da - he had agreed to share power as the Grandmaster after they did away with their father, only for him to take the entire thing. Though when Dimitri returns, he's nothing but loyal to him.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: The guy only shows up for three storylines before disappearing at the end of the third, only to show up once more to die.
Moritori is a former Grandmaster of the Dark Legion, son of the Dark Legion's founder Menniker and grandson of the infamous Dimitri . He became a spy when he was mistaken for the Guardian Tobor and brought to the Brotherhood of Guardians's secret base Haven.
- Combat Pragmatist: Moritori will use any means at his disposal to win in a fight.
- Cyborg: He possesses cybernetic implants, most notably his eyes, which were originally equipped to allow him to spy on the Prime Zone while still trapped in the Twilight Cage and he is one of few Echidnas with their original Dark Legion cybernetics.
- Disappointed in You: It's not that apparant in comic, but Ian Flynn stated he wrote Rex with this opinion in regards to his son Luger; Rex was ultimately dissatisfied with how little Luger accomplished.
" I don't think Rex outright hated his son; I think there was still a small, "human" part of him that felt at least a responsibility to acknowledge him. But I don't think he lingered on the news of his death. While Rex was busy scheming in the Primeverse, Luger achieved very little in terms of returning to Angel Island. I see Rex as being disappointed with Luger's apparent lack of drive or viciousness, which is why he turned his attention to the next generation."
- The Mole: Posed as the guardian Tobor.
- Outliving One's Offspring: Before Dimitri came back, Moritori Rex was one of the oldest Legionnaires outliving his son Luger and even his grandson Kragok.
- Put on a Bus: Was cast into the Twilight Cage along with the Brotherhood of Guardians (bar Knuckles and Locke) by Dr. Finitevus; not returning due to legal matters.
One of the Dark Legion's strongest soldiers. Xenin acts as an enforcer whenever Dimitri or Kragok have something planned.
- The Brute: In contrast to the other named Dark Legionarres in authority, Xenin is a field agent largely there to provide the muscle for his superiors. He's quite strong to, dispatching both General Stryker and Knuckles.
- Fantastic Racism: He dislikes Dingoes quite a bit.
- Killed Off for Real: He was a victim of the Egg Grapes.
- Mauve Shirt: In contrast to the nameless and faceless Dark Legion mooks, Xenin was given a distinctive design and more of a personality. He was also given a fairly concrete fate in contrast to most of his allies who were left hanging.
- Mook Lieutenant: He leads a dispatch of Legionarres during operations.
A mercenary group made up of criminals. While they hardly get involved in problems of their world they nevertheless cause all manner of trouble for the Freedom Fighters.
The Destructix as a whole
- Enemy Mine: Forms a brief one with Sonic, Sally, Tails and Monkey Khan while raiding the Raiju Clan base in the Dragon Kingdom.
- Hired Guns: They've had a number of bosses over the series and hardly ever work for themselves. The only time they did was to bust out Scourge.
- Mook Carryover: The Fearsome Foursome debuted as Mammoth Mogul's minions. After his imprisonment they reformed under Snively for a time. After leaving his employ with Sleuth they formed the Destructix and went back to serving Mogul before leaving his service and working under Fiona then Scourge.
- Put on a Bus: Gone after the reboot.
- True Companions: A villainous example, as the original Fearsome Foursome look out for one another as shown in the Journey to the East arc. Simian, Hawk and Flying were depressed after Lightning rejoined the Raiju Clan and absolutely refused to with Fiona's plan until they got Lightning back in the group. As Simian stated, all four of them have been together regardless of who leads them.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Downplayed. When Angel Island devolves into civil war, the Destrutix are seen as the most heroic faction as Finitevus has them defend the non-combatents from the Dingos and warring Dark Legion as a way to make himself seem trustworthy to Locke. While the Echidnas think highly of them, it never really changes their position in the world as they're still seen as dangerous and untrustworthy mercenaries and news of their good deeds didn't go beyond Angel Island.
Scourge the Hedgehog
Formerly known as the Anti-Sonic, Sonic's Evil Twin from an Alternate Universe where the Freedom Fighters are evil. For quite a long time, he was simply a petty self-obsessed recurring nuisance who would spawn many a Clear My Name plot and occasionally team up with a more legitimately threatening villain... until exposure to the Master Emerald turned him green and evoked a major attitude adjustment, leading him to reinvent himself as "Scourge", a more truly psychotic version of the main character who ascended into a position of formidable antagonist in his own right. He's become a flagship Archie-original character, the first to get his own 4-issue Sonic Universe arc.
- Aborted Arc: The last we see of him is that he and his gang had broken out of jail and wound up back his dimension. Fiona mentions they had to do something for Dr Finitevus which Scourge was needed for. But he stated he had his own plans in mind. However, due to the Cosmic Retcon, we'll never get to see either of these come to fruition.
- Alternate Self: Sonic's Evil Twin from a Mirror Universe.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: He took over Moebius/Anti-Mobius by simply beating up various warlords across the planet, and the Anti-Freedom Fighters/Suppression Squad follow his lead largely because he beat them into submission.
- Bad Boss: He assumed control of the Anti-Freedom Fighters/Suppression Squad by brutally beating them all into submission and they really only continue to follow his lead out of fear. Ergo, they hold no true loyalty for him and they gladly and readily betray him when the opportunity comes up.
- To emphasize this, it's implied that Scourge may have gouged out Patch's eye, just to make him look different to the Antoine of Mobius.
- Big Bad: Finally earned this status during the "Bold New Moebius" arc.
- Big Bad Wannabe:
- As Anti-Sonic, he was this for a long time, as he liked to talk tough, but was ultimately nothing more than a Butt-Monkey who was constantly pushed around by the other villains and got beat up easily by the heroes, to the extent a pre-Character DevelopmentAntoine once knocked him out cold, by accident. Then, a dose of Chaos energy directly from the Master Emerald transformed him into Scourge, granting him several dozen levels of badass and making him one of the series' most powerful villains. He's still not on the level of Dr. Eggman or Finitevus, but he's definitely a credible solo threat these days; he's even managed to conquer all of Moebius by himself.
- Even then, however, as pointed out by Sonic, Jules and even Fiona, Scourge's conquest of Moebius wasn't really impressive since, unlike Mobius, his world isn't full of powerful villains and monsters. All he did was beat up various warlords across the planet and believed that made him king. When he came to Mobius, nobody but the Freedom Fighters considered him a threat and he was nearly defeated by Metal Sonic and Metal Scourge, the latter of whom was literally put together by Eggman at the last minute.
- Break the Haughty: After being arrested by the Zone Cops and locked in Zone Jail, Scourge suffers this big time. Left defenseless by a Power Nullifier collar, he's left at the bottom of the pecking order at the prison and subjected to constant beatings and abuse that leave him a bitter, scared, paranoid shadow of his former self. When Fiona allows herself to be arrested to save him, she's shocked at how far Scourge has fallen.
- Breakout Villain: After becoming Scourge, He became one of the most popular characters to have originated from the comic. As such, he gained his own Sonic Universe storyline.
- The Bully: At his core, Scourge is nothing more than a superpowered bully who enjoys flaunting his power and superiority over others. He runs the Suppression Squad through fear and loves talking a big game, but when a fight proves to be harder than expected or faced with someone who isn't intimidated by him, he tends to back down immediately. Sonic outright sums him up as one in issue 196 after defeating him.
Scourge: Cheated... me... I'm... King... Conquered... This whole planet... You're... nothing...
Sonic: [swats the crown off of Scourge's head, shattering it completely] You're a bully and that's it. You take the easy, nasty way out and get the quick reward. Big whoop. I do things the right way. I help others to make something bigger and better than just mean. The good guys always win in the long run. And there isn't anybody who can run longer or better than I can.
- Butt-Monkey: Prior to becoming Scourge, this was all he ever was.
- The Casanova: Has been involved with Anti-Bunnie, Anti-Sally, Anti-Penelope, and Fiona.
- Also, whilst impersonating Sonic for a time, he hit on, amongst others, the Mobius Prime versions of Bunnie, Amy, and Rouge. There's even a subtle indication in issue #150 that he and Bunnie-Prime actually slept together, due to his taking advantage of her hurt and confusion over Antoine being stealthily replaced by Patch. It's pretty disgusting when you realize that Scourge is only 15 years old.
- Cloning Blues: More an evil Alternate Self than Sonic's actual clone, but the basic principle is the same. In issue 172, Scourge taunts Sonic, boasting that the reason Sonic hates him so much is because he knows they're the same guy and all it would take is "one bad day" to make Sonic into him. Sonic turns it around by pointing out that all it would take is just a little kindness and selflessness to make Scourge just like him; these words shock Scourge to his core, and lead him to embark on a quest to make himself more than just Sonic's Evil Twin, and Anti-Mobius more than just a Mirror Universe.
- Cool Shades: It's one of the few things, aside from his leather jacket, that he's retained since his days as Anti-Sonic. Although the 90s version had a different outfit.
- Darker and Edgier: He conquered his entire world, single-handedly, in under a week. He gave an alliance of Sonic, Amy Rose, his own reality's insane version of Amy, and several other powerful fighters a serious fight even before he turned into his Super Scourge form.
- Dirty Coward: He was accused of being this, and quickly proved to be this, by Jules-Prime in issue #192. The robian confronted Scourge when the latter tried to sneak into his house at night to attack Sonic and scared him off by simply refusing to back down to his threats, instead matter-of-factually stating that he had fought on the frontlines in the Great War of Mobius Prime, that he would not simply lay down, and that if he did die, Sonic would be truly livid.
- Evil Feels Good: Inverted. his Super Scourge form lasts forever and is even stronger than Super Sonic, but makes him feel awful, in contrast to how Sonic feels great when becoming Super Sonic.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Though most of the Moebius ladies hate him for his cheating, he does seem to genuinely love Fiona.
- Even Evil Has Standards:
- When Scourge goes in with a half baked plan to hurt Sonic by attacking his father, Jules gives Scourge a stern dressing down. Jules's accusation that Scourge, having lost his own father, would inflict that onto Sonic seems to actually affect Scourge on an emotional level. Though he blows Jules off, Scourge is crying as he leaves.
- Is horrified by how Ax-Crazy Flying Frog reveals himself to be when the latter tells Scourge his backstory.
- Evil Doppelgänger: He's Sonic from a Mirror Universe. Though he's trying to make himself more than that (maybe).
- For the Evulz: He has no clear motive for his evil beyond being drunk on his own strength and making Prime!Sonic's life utter hell, though this ranges anywhere from picking scraps with him to trying to destroy his respective universe.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Two jagged-looking scars on his chest (injuries from a fight with Knuckles's father, Locke) are the easiest way to tell him from his counterpart. Well, besides the fact he's green, anyway.
- Green and Mean: Scourge's fur turned green as a result of absorbing energy from the Master Emerald.
- Hell-Bent for Leather: Part of his "evil opposite" look. He's sported this look since he was simply Anti-Sonic, and it's one of the only things he retains after transforming into Scourge.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: In his last battle with Sonic, he taps into Anarchy Beryls, his universe equivalent to Chaos Emeralds, and goes super. He proves too powerful, even with both the Freedom Fighters, Suppression Squad, Rob O'the Hedge, and Silver working together, forcing Sonic to briefly retreat. However Sonic realizes something about his power and coax Scourge into depowering by appealing to his ego to beat him in a normal state. Scourge falls for it and finds himself too weak to move. Sonic then explains: Chaos Emeralds in his world give him a little boost when he comes out of it. But since this is an alternate/opposite world, Anarchy Beryls saps Scourge of his energy when he comes out of his super state, kind of like when Shadow takes off his rings. And since this was apparently the first time Scourge used them, he was completely ignorant of this fact. The dope ends up knocking himself out with Sonic not even having to touch him.
- I Control My Minions Through...: Fear and Power. Scourge controls the Suppression Squad and Destructix by beating them into submission and making them terrified of him. In fact, this is how he controls most people he works with, as Jules-Prime notes. When confronted by someone who won't back down to his threats or let themselves be cowed by him, Scourge folds like a lawn chair.
- Jerkass: Contrary to Sonic, who can sometimes be a jerk but is really nice deep down, Scourge seems to be nothing but pure egotism, spite, and cruelty. Highlights of his dickery including pointing and laughing when Fiona brutally rejects Tails and slaps him across the face, and casting the terminally ill Buns/Anti-Bunnie out of his gang.
- Multiversal Conqueror: After conquering Moebius, he invades Mobius Prime with the intent to conquer it as well.
- "Not So Different" Remark:
- He's Sonic but with his negative qualities punctuated ten fold. Sonic himself in fact defeats his super form just by playing to the same vices he has; namely by playing to his ego and impulsiveness.
- He loves making speeches to Sonic about their similarities noting that "One Bad Day" (a la the Joker) would turn Sonic into him. Sonic, by contrast, turns it on him saying that a bit of selflessness and decency would turn Scourge into him. While the latter words horrify Scourge and motivate him to make a truly despicable power play, the former end up ringing through Sonic's head as he starts to reach breaking point from several losses during the Mecha Sally arc, causing him to gain a Heroic Second Wind. Essentially both accidentally preventedtheir own theories becoming true, simply because it ensured the other would be adamantto prove them wrong.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: As Anti-Sonic, he was nothing but a common hoodlum who was knocked out by pre-Character DevelopmentAntoine of all people, by accident. His transformation into Scourge gave him a chance to finally prove to Sonic and the other heroes just how dangerous he really is.
- Omnicidal Maniac: In issue #196, Super Scourge declares that, due to Sonic's resistance, he's decided to give up his plans to rule Moebius or Mobius. Instead, he plans on spin-dashing both planets in half, just because he can, before going on to find other worlds to devastate, swearing to stomp them all until he finally finds one that gives him the respect he feels he deserves.
- Outside-Context Problem: Discussed in issue 197. Zonic mentions that Scourge's Master Emerald mutation has made him a Wild Card in the cosmic scheme of things, hence why the Zone Cops didn't arrest him for repeatedly overstepping his Zone boundaries and attacking Mobius Prime until Sonic brought him to them.
- Palette Swap: Justified, given that he is a mirror-universe Sonic. Initially averted, as Anti-Sonic was blue, but turning green was part of his motivation to try and be more than just "Sonic's stupid punk counterpart".
- Paper Tiger: He talks big but he often he backs down as soon someone stands up to him or a fight turns out to be harder than he anticipated.
- Parental Neglect: From what we've seen, his father was too busy to pay attention to him. Before fleeing at the end of issue #192, an angry, weeping Scourge dismissively spits that Jules-Prime's no different to his Moebius counterpart.
Scourge: Just a bunch of empty words. You're no different from my old man after all.
- Power-up Full Color Change: His fur changed from blue to green after absorbing energy from the Master Emerald. His Super State turns his fur purple.
- Purple Is Powerful: His Super Scourge form has purple fur, along with Black Eyes of Crazy mixed with Red Eyes, Take Warning.
- Put on a Bus: Gone after the reboot, as well as all evil Sonics in general. While technically a Penders creation, the Scourge re-branding and design was Ian's concept.
- Really Gets Around: On top of being involved with Anti-Bunnie, Anti-Sally, Anti-Penelope, and Fiona, he briefly impersonated Sonic on Mobius just to flirt with the Prime versions of nearly every girl in Sonic's life.
- Self-Made Orphan: It's heavily implied that he killed his neglectful father Anti-Jules. As he said to Jules, "Sonic's dad isn't a Mobian anymore.My dad simply isn't." We have no clue what happened to his mother, but she's likely dead or roboticized.
- Secondary Color Nemesis: Before becoming Scourge, Evil-Sonic had blue fur just like Sonic. After exposure to the Master Emerald, his fur turned green and he gained a boost in strength and stamina. He also had a super state of his own, which turns his fur purple.
- Shadow Archetype: He's Sonic with all of his negative qualities ramped up, and very few, if any, of his positive ones, and is living, breathing proof of what our hero would become if he went down a dark path. Scourge is fully aware of this, and gloats in issue 172 that this is why Sonic hates him so much. Come issue 236, Sonic, after suffering through Sally's roboticization, Antoine's near-fatal Heroic Sacrifice saving Elias' family, and Silver's Inspector Javert tendencies at the worst possible time, is pushed to his Rage Breaking Point, and only by recalling Scourge's prior "one bad day" speech does he manage to pull himself back.
- Shout-Out: In Issue 172, he claims that the only thing it would take to make Sonic like him is "one bad day."
- Smug Snake: Scourge is cocky and arrogant, and loves to talk a big game, but is mostly, if not entirely, dependent on fear to keep people in line, and when a fight turns out to be harder than anticipated or when someone actually stands up to him, he tends to fold and run. He takes great delight in boasting about how he conquered Moebius, but even Fiona points out it's not very impressive since unlike Mobius Prime, his world isn't full of powerful villains and monsters, and his takeover amounted to simply beating up various warlords. Best shown in issue 191, where he's utterly curb-stomped in a straight fight by Metal Sonic, and is later overwhelmed by Metal Scourge, who Eggman literally threw together and sent after him on the fly.
- Super Mode: The craziest looking one in the series.
- This Is Gonna Suck: Upon realizing that Rosy was right there waiting for him when he was forced back to Moebius, his reaction is a plaintive "Oh, please no..."
- Yelling at Fiona "I almost got sent back home! You do NOT want to be sent back with ME!".
- Took a Level in Badass: Before becoming Scourge: a petty wannabe punk who was just a two-bit player in the grand scheme of things. After becoming Scourge: a world-conquering psychopath who beat up both Sonic and all his allies and almost destroyed No Zone.
- Unholy Matrimony: With Fiona. He's stated that he prefers her to the girls in Moebius because rather than being evil by default, she chose to be evil. And apparently Scourge finds that hot.
- Villain Protagonist: Of the "Jail Break" arc in Sonic Universe.
- Villainous Breakdown: When the Suppression Squad betrayed him, he decided to go Super and "spindash both worlds in half" for the Hell of it.
Former Freedom Fighter gone bad. Tails' one-time crush and Sonic's one-time girlfriend.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: She dated Scourge/Anti-Sonic, who impersonated Prime Sonic at the time. She attempted to form an actual relationship to Sonic afterwards, at Tails' expense, only to realize she is more attracted to Scourge's bad boy attitude. She started cheated on Sonic before finally revealing her true colors to him the moment she was outed by Amy.
- Arch-Enemy: To both Tails and Sally.
- Consummate Liar: Turns out she had been lying to just about everyone for a while.
- Dark Action Girl: Tough enough to be a match for many of the non-superpowered characters, and clever and resourceful enough to frequently get the drop on those stronger than her as well.
- Evil Redhead: Her fur is red too.
- Evil Costume Switch: With her FaceHeel Turn, she switches from her white and orange jumpsuit and boots, to an all-black ensemble including a tanktop, pants, boots and long Fingerless Gloves.
- FaceHeel Turn: She was genuinely on the Freedom Fighters' side before her attraction to Scourge led her astray.
- Faux Affably Evil: Particularly pronounced when she first defects to Scourge and Tails is tearfully begging her not to go. Fiona kneels down to him, gently tells him that for all of his smarts, he hasn't realized the most fundamental thing in life is that "you can't count on anybody"... before backhanding him with enough force to knock him off his feet, all with a gigantic smirk on her face.
- Femme Fatale: Prior to her turn to the dark side and full-blown Vamp status.
- Foreshadowing: Fiona appeared for the first time way back in issue #29, where Tails first falls for her... only to break his heart by revealing she's evil and betraying him to Robotnik. Now, that was just the "Auto-Fiona"note a robotic clone but... come issue #172, and the real Fiona now breaks Tails' heart by betraying him and revealing she's evil.
- Foul Fox: As a child, Fiona was imprisoned by Dr. Robotnik during his rise to power as a result of being abandoned by Sonic and Mighty the Armadillo. Understandably, she developed a grudge against the two for what happened, and over time, her grudge worsened the darker aspects of her personality, until eventually, she fell from grace entirely and became an outright villain. Fiona has a history of mild illegal activity, including robbery. She's also extremely clever and has an acute memory. However, she is clearly reluctant to talk about her past. When she chose to follow a darker path in life (likely due to her past), she developed a relationship with Scourge, Sonic's Evil Counterpart, preferring him to the virtuous real deal.
- Freudian Excuse: Abandonment issues. Basically, she used to be on the Freedom Fighters' side years ago, but her cell was captured and she was never rescued — instead, she luckily managed to dig herself out of the prison she was abandoned inside of after two years rather than starving to death like Robotnik planned. She's never forgiven either her family for disappearing nor the Freedom Fighters, mainly Sonic, for failing to save her.
- Hypocrite: She tells Tails that he can't count on or trust anyone when she betrays the Freedom Fighters in 172. Later when she returns with the Suppression Squad who later betrays Scourge, but she stays loyal to him, something which Sonic calls her out on after she goes off and state how she won't trust or count on anyone. Sonic's words cause her to break into tears and deny the whole thing, which obviously he does not buy. Even after Scourge goes to jail, she gets the Destructix and breaks him out, almost saying that she loves him. It's made pretty clear that Fiona can't follow her own advice.
- Jack-of-All-Trades: As stated in The Complete Sonic Comic Encyclopedia, Fiona is well-rounded in many skills:
- Trained Field Medic
- Field Combatant
- Seasoned Thief and Treasure Hunter
- Smart enough to briefly work with Brain Trust
- Ignored Epiphany: After Sonic's return from space, Fiona admits to him that his Heroic Sacrifice against the Xorda is what finally convinced her that he truly was a valiant hero, having convinced herself otherwise after he unintentionally left her behind in Robotnik's lab. Upon her defection to Scourge in issue 172, Fiona has disregarded this and throws his failure to save her in his face, telling Tails that he can't count on or trust anyone and using Sonic as her "prime example".
- Kick the Dog: Does it frequently, but the nastiest instance of it by far is telling Tails, who had a crush on her, that he can't trust anyone and then slapping him, all with a gleeful smirk on her face.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Fiona is on the receiving end of this from Sally (specifically, she gets punched in the stomach) for trying to manipulate Tails' feelings again. Sonic, Monkey Khan, and even Tails himself all agree Fiona more than deserved it and cheer her on:
Sonic: Actually, I thought it was kind of hot!
Monkey Khan: Totally in agreement there!
Tails: Yeah! Next time you should hit her again!
- Love-Interest Traitor: To both Sonic and Tails. Sonic settles with her after the hedgehog's breakup with Sally, while Tails had a crush on her since his encounter with her robot double. Both were eventually left in the dust when it was revealed she formed a more meaningful relationship with Sonic's evil counterpart, Scourge.
- Manipulative Bitch: Was seeing Scourge while dating Sonic, and lying about it the whole time.
- Never My Fault: She does acknowledge her actions sometimes, but under stress, she's more than willing to shift the blame.
- Once Done, Never Forgotten: Sonic and Mighty unknowingly left her behind in a remote prison while persuing Robotnik, forcing her to break out by herself. She had held that grudge for years and was one of the reasons why she dumped Sonic for Scourge.
- Put on a Bus: Gone after the reboot.
- The Real Remington Steele: The real-life version of the fox robot Tails met so long ago during his solo adventure.
- Smug Snake: After her FaceHeel Turn.
- The Smurfette Principle: The only female in the Destructix.
- Sympathy for the Devil: When she starts crying and denying that she trusts and depends on Scourge, Sonic just leaves her while muttering "keep telling yourself that," with a pitying look on his face.
- She tries to deliberately invoke it while Sonic, Sally, Tails, and Ken were on their diplomatic mission in hopes of swaying Tails to help her. However, Sally is there this time and responds with a punch to the gut. Very cathartic if you've read her betrayal to Tails beforehand.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Fiona is the villainous girly girl to Sally Acorn's heroic tomboy. Sally is a Tomboy Princess who has a very unfeminine appearance, and is a character especially divergent from stereotypes associated with females. Fiona does have a pretty rough attitude and her appearance isn't completely girly, but the bow and skirt still make it more so than Sally's. Also, Fiona is a Femme Fatale and The Vamp who uses her feminine charms to manipulate male characters like Tails, much to the annoyance and disgust of Sally, who once gave Fiona a violent gut punch for doing this. Interestingly, Fiona often mocks Sally for her princess status, calling her a "sugar queen", despite Sally being more tomboyish than her.
- Unholy Matrimony: With Scourge. And if there was any doubt as to whether she actually loved him, she goes through the trouble of reorganizing the Destructix as her personal goon squad and letting herself be arrested by the Zone Cops, all in order to break him out of jail.
- The Vamp: To Tails. She knows Tails likes her, and she has tried to exploit it.
- Would Hurt a Child: Both emotionally and physically. She not only breaks Tails' heart right to his face, she has the nerve to give him a brutal and unprovoked slap just to rub salt in the wound. And going from the smile on her face, she enjoyed every moment of it. And even afterward, she has the gall to still exploit his feelings towards her.
Sleuth "Dawgy" Dawg
Traitor to the Freedom Fighters and one of the founders of the Destrutix.
- Badass Normal: No powers or machinery, dude only fought with a blaster and his wits.
- Karma Houdini: He betrays the Freedom Fighters and works for Robotnik before his arrest. While he later joins the Destructix and gets his butt kicked now and then, he eventually decides to just pull out of the whole crime thing. He eventually decides to retire and vanishes off the face of the planet with a presumed happy ending.
- Kick the Dog: When he defects to Robotnik he has his partner, Fly Fly Freddy, forcibly roboticized and sent after the Freedom Fighters. The fight ends up killing Freddy.
- The Leader: Was one to the group before his retirement.
- Mauve Shirt: Originally he was just a recurring minor Freedom Fighter and less prominent than Hamlin and his group. His importance increased considerably with his treachery.
- The Mole: His original role was part of Uncle Chuck's spy network, only to reveal himself as Robotnik's double agent.
- Only in It for the Money: He bounces in and out of this characterization but it sticks later on. When he and the Destructix are fighting Sonic so they can destroy the weapon to kill the brainwashed Knuckles, Sonic does the job for them (Sonic of course not wanting to kill his friend). With that out of the way Sleuth says they're not being paid to stick around any more and the team pulls out.
- Punny Name: He's named after the rapper Snoop "Doggy" Dogg.
- Put on a Bus: Gone after the reboot. This cost him an appearance on the cover of issue 258.
- Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: In Sonic Universe #15, it is revealed that he not only stepped down as the leader of the Destrutix, but outright retired from the whole crime thing altogether stating he had saved up enough to provide for himself, handing leadership of the Destructix to Fiona.
- Taking You with Me: They attempt to make a deal with Eggman and he, naturally, betrays them and roboticizes the group. Sleuth is the last to go and manages to toss a grenade declaring that if he's gonna go he's not going alone. The whole place blows up, but everyone caught in the explosion returns in some form or another.
- The Ace: In his backstory.
- Always Someone Better: In the Armada, he excelled at everything he did, only for the best opportunities to go to the Battle Lord's son. Later, when part of the Rogues, he continued to feel this way towards the group's leader, Jet. Eventually, he had enough, defected and set out on his own.
- Anime Feathers
- Arc Welding: Revealed to have been part of the Battle Bird Armada and connected to the Babylon Rogues years after his introduction.
- Blood Knight: Part of why he didn't quite fit in with the Armada or the Rogues is because they didn't give him enough opportunity to satisfy his desire for challenging "prey."
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: Again, quit both the Armada and the Rogues due to not being rewarded based on ability.
- Evil Counterpart: To Charmy, in his first appearance.
- Femme Fatalons: Inverted.
- Feathered Fiend
- Odd Name Out: He was part of the original "Fearsome Foursome" group and was the only one whose name was not alliterative.
- Put on a Bus: Gone after the reboot.
- Token Flyer: The only member of the Destructix with true flight.
- Amphibian Assault: Flying Frog is an Ax-Crazy frog and member of the Destructix. In his backstory, Frog was a jester from the Kingdom of Mercia whose idea of a hobby was terrorizing the locals with powerful weapons.
- Axe-Crazy: This guy enjoys scaring and hurting people more than anything.
- Alliterative NameFlying Frog; really, what more is there to say? This was actually a common theme for his original team, "The Fearsome Foursome".
- Evil Counterpart: To Vector, in his first appearance at least. He's a big water-dwelling non-mammalian Mobian.
- Fragile Speedster: He can move extremely fast, even gliding around, but he goes down in one or two good hits.
- Goggles Do Nothing: Averted. They're flight goggles.
- Monster Clown: His backstory was that he was originally a clown, but he took more pleasure in scaring people than in entertaining them.
- Not Quite Flight: Glides around on the flaps of skin connected to his arms and legs.
- Overly Long Tongue: Like any comicbook frog, his tongue is absurdly long, and he likes showing it off.
- Psycho for Hire: More so than the other members of the Destructix, due to his... quirks.
- Put on a Bus: Gone after the reboot.
- Slasher Smile: He's rarely seen without one.
- Talkative Loon: So much that it even freaks out Scourge.
The Suppression Squad
As a Whole
After becoming the Suppression Squad
The Anti-Freedom Fighters original look
Scourge's old gang, originally known as the Anti-Freedom Fighters, they are composed entirely of evil versions of the Freedom Fighters from Moebius. Originally they were lead by Evil-Sonic, but the entire gang ditched him after being defeated by their Prime counterparts as well as his one too many failures to deal with Anti-Robotnik, eventually making Evil-St. John the new leader, however they would later kick him off the team as well.
Sometime after Evil-Sonic's transformation into Scourge, he and his new girlfriend Fiona Fox returned to Anti-Mobius using a Warp Ring with a new resolve to set apart and re-make everything on Anti-Mobius to distinguish it from it's Prime counterpart. In a matter of days, Scourge defeated several regional warlords and crowned himself King, taking back control of his old gang and reforming them into the Suppression Squad.
During another invasion of Mobius Prime the gang turned on him once more, having grown tired of Scourge's abusive leadership and willingly working with their Prime counterparts to get rid of him. Scourge was eventually defeated while Fiona flead the scene.
At the present, the Suppression Squad is led by Miles, Tails' alternate counterpart. Their current members are Alicia (Sally's Counterpart and ironically Miles main assistant), Patch (Antoine's counterpart), and Boomer (Rotor's Counterpart). Buns Rabbot (Bunnie's Counterpart) was part of the the group initially but was kicked out of the group because of her N.I.D.S. and left for dead, however she was saved by Dr. Kinbotor (Eggman's counterpart).
- Divergent Character Evolution: Scourge enforced this amongst the group by making them all differ themselves from their prime counterparts. It also happened in story as well as the Suppression Squad was for the most part Scourge's posse who didn't do all that much beyond helping him pull jobs. Much later in the story the group's personalities became more distinct: Patch had his own story about replacing Antoine, Buns pulled a HeelFace Turn and works against them, and Miles receives a lot of character focus when the group upgrades themselves.
- Disability Super Power: Buns Rabbot, whose disease forces her to live inside of the Omega Care Unit. Fortunately for her, said device doubles as Powered Armor...
- Even Evil Has Standards: They make a truce with the Freedom Fighters to stop Scourge, only to exile both him and Sonic to Moebius. In spite of the betrayal, the Squad did it with the knowledge that they could rescue Sonic fairly easily and felt that isolating Scourge alone with Sonic would result in Sonic's victory.
- Evil Doppelgänger: To the Freedom Fighters.
- For Want of a Nail:
- They have no NICOLE counterpart and their Dr. Kintobor was never killed and replaced with an Anti-Eggman. This means that nanites and New Mobotropolis does not exist on Moebius.
- Buns was never roboticized and she ended up developing a deadly condition at the base of her spine.
- Moebius isn't full of powerful villains or strong-willed heroes like the Prime Zone. This means that while the Suppression Squad had an easy time taking over their planet, they weren't prepared for all the dangers of Mobius and their attempt at conquest probably would have ended in quick failure if anyone other than the Freedom Fighters had saw them as a threat.
- HeelFace Turn: Buns pulled one after being rescued and placed inside the Omega Care Unit by Dr. Kintobor.
- Hell-Bent for Leather: All of them before their Scourge-enforced makeover.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: The entire group, with the exception of Miles, who sets himself apart from Tails by refusing to be referred to by his nickname.
- Shout-Out: Nearly every member's name is based off their Prime counterpart's in some way:
- Boomer was Rotor's old nickname.
- Miles is Tails' real name.
- Alicia is Sally's middle name.
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Patch was originally the most prominent evil counterpart, even more so than Scourge. However, during the "Moebius" storyline, he's put into the background in favor of Scourge and Miles.
- Put on a Bus: Gone after the reboot.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: They all ditch Scourge after he proves an ineffective leader.
- The Starscream: Most of the squad to different extents. Patch, Miles, and Alicia all tried to overthrow Scourge at different points, with Miles and Alicia succeeding in their attempt.
- Ungrateful Bastard: The Prime characters agree to help them get rid of Scourge. First chance they get they try to dump both him and Sonic in their world with no way back. After that problem was solved, they're shown still plotting on taking revenge against the Prime zone. Or at least they would've if the Cosmic Retcon didn't happen.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Yes, they're the Evil Twins of the Freedom Fighters, but their lives on Anti-Mobius were anything but pleasant, and they lack the happy families their counterparts possess. When reflecting on the time he spent on Anti-Mobius after Scourge forcibly swapped him with Patch, Antoine reflects that the Suppression Squad wasn't "so much mean as sad" and he actually pities them.
Princess Alicia Acorn
The Moebius counterpart to Sally Acorn, formally known as Anti-Sally (or Evil-Sally) and the (figurehead) leader of the Suppression Squad.
- Evil Doppelgänger: To Sally, naturally.
- Puppet Leader: She's perfectly aware that she's just the figurehead leader while Miles is the brains behind the entire gang.
- The Starscream: A more successful version, as she's managed to usurp her father, Scourge (with Miles' help), and later Jeffrey St. Croix (Anti/Evil-Geoffrey).
- The Usurper: Unlike in the Prime Zone, both she and Scourge are the ones who overthrew her father; King Maxx, and banished him into the Zone of Silence. What became of the Moebius version of Elias remains unknown.
- Whip It Good: She utilizes a whip as her default weapon in battle.
The Moebius counterpart to Tails. When Scourge went back to remake the team he made Miles give up his nickname as part of his need to differentiate them from the Mobius counterparts. Miles is, above all else, spiteful, egotistical, and resentful. He's become something akin to the lieutenant under Scourge and Fiona, and leads the Suppression Squad in his absence.
- Dirty Coward: Miles, whose condescending bravado is a cover up for the fact that he's really a scared little boy.
- Dragon Ascendant: Miles ascends to team leader after Scourge's defeat, though ultimately this never leads to anything with the reboot.
- Enfante Terrible: Miles, as if his Psychotic Smirk and his egotistical demeanor weren't big enough hints.
- Evil Genius: As counter to Tails's role as The Smart Guy. Miles is cunning, ambitious, and an avid scholar in magic.
- Evil Sorcerer: According to The Complete Sonic Comic Encyclopedia, as part of Miles' distinguishing himself from Tails, he's chosen to study magic instead of technology. This can be seen in comic when Miles chastises Tails for not following in his magical heritage.
- Hypocrite: Miles insults Tails for using a "childish" nickname, even though the only reason he stopped using it was that Scourge made him.
- Important Haircut: Miles is hinted to both do this and color his hair in order to appear older, in addition to trying to differentiate himself from Tails. Some fans like to joke that it's a toupee.
- Insufferable Genius: Miles.
- Manipulative Bastard: Miles graduates to this during the Bold New Moebius arc.
- Psychotic Smirk: Miles is fond of these, sometimes they make him look intimidating, sometimes they make him look like a child pretending to be intimidating.
- The Starscream: Originally loyal to Scourge, he eventually convinced the rest of the Suppression Squad to turn on him, and soon after set himself up as their new leader.
The Moebius counterpart to Antoine. He was one of the first to distinguish himself from simply being an Evil Knockoff when Scourge exiled him to Mobius. In Mobius Patch took on Antoine's identity and carefully set about to usurp the throne and place himself in charge.
- Ascended Extra: Patch was one of the first of the Moebius group to have an arc and also the first to majorly depart from the role as Scourge's lackey.
- Beard of Evil: He had a blond goatee but Scourge shaved it off with a spin attack. Minus the Goatee and eye patch, Patch could easily pass as Antoine.
- Dirty Coward: Played With. Patch is, on the surface, much braver than Antoine; he's always ready to get his hands dirty, he can fight quite well, and he's always upfront about his hatred of Scourge. Though scratch the surface, and Antoine is much more willing to keep fighting when things go south while Patch is more likely to cut and run.
- Eyepatch of Power: Patch wears one, hence the name, and has done since he was just "Anti-Antoine". Though initially the eyepatch was cosmetic, Scourge decided to make it necessary.
- Eye Scream: Implied. When Sonic and the gang come to Moebotropolis to try and stop Scourge, a very nervous Patch notes that his eyepatch used to be just for show. The obvious implication here is that Scourge gouged it out just to make Patch more distinctive from his Prime self.
- Faux Affably Evil: Especially noticeable when posing as Antoine. Patch puts on the facade of a gentleman and knight but there are an underlying venom and condescension to his pleasantries.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: He has a very prominent scar down the left side of his face. In issue 156, Sonic even points out that it's one of the major clues that he's not the real Antoine; aside from the fact that the prime Antoine was never much of a fighter and lacked a killer instinct, no one, not even Bunnie, knew where or how he got it.
- Karma Houdini: Patch impersonated Antoine for over a year, tried to trick Sally into marrying him in order to gain the throne, murdered Antoine's father and poisoned King Max, resulting in him becoming crippled and senile. However, despite causing more harm to the Prime Zone than Scourge ever did, he is neither arrested by the Zone Cops or imprisoned by the Kingdom of Acorn. Sonic simply dumped him back on Moebius after his cover was blown.
- Kick the Dog: While impersonating Antoine, Patch goes above and beyond to destroy his life, destroying many of his possessions, ransacking his house, breaking Bunnie's heart, and poisoning his father to death. The next time they meet, Patch goes the extra mile by rubbing in Antoine's face how he killed Armand.
- Manipulative Bastard: In addition to impersonating the real Antoine, he tried to take over the Kingdom of Acorn by marrying Sally and poisoning King Max. He was thwarted but he ended up causing the death of Antoine's father.
- Master Poisoner: He poisoned both King Max and Antoine's father using a toxin native to his own dimension, with doctors on Mobius being unable to pinpoint the cause of their deteriorating health until after Patch was exposed. By the time they do, the damage is done; Max is left wheelchair-bound once again, and Armand, who was given much heavier doses thanks to Patch lacing his food with it, ends up dying in the hospital.
- Near-Villain Victory: He successfully impersonated his prime counterpart for an entire year, and came close to taking over the Kingdom of Acorn by poisoning King Max and marrying Sally. He only fails at the end because Elias decided to take the throne in place of his father, and Patch's subsequent attempt to kill Elias leads to him being found out and Sonic booting him back to Moebius.
- Nothing Up My Sleeve: When Elias takes the throne, Patch attempts to poison him with a hypodermic needle hidden up his sleeve, offering him a handshake. However, before he can do so, Sonic sees the glint of the syringe in the light and puts a stop to it very quickly.
- Opportunistic Bastard: Anti-Sonic got sick of Patch's repeated Starscream tendencies and banished him to Mobius Prime. Once there, Patch decided to use the situation to his advantage to seize power and take over the Kingdom of Acorn.
- Out of Focus: Patch was at one point, the most prominent of the Moebius residents. However with Anti-Sonic's ascension into Scourge and the Suppression Squad coming back, Patch went back to being a standard lackey with Miles and Scourge taking focus.
- The Starscream: Patch would always try and kill Anti-Sonic and take power for himself to the point where it had just become a regular topic of conversation amongst the Suppression-Squad. Scourge got tired of it and kicked him to Mobius, which ended up backfiring and giving Patch a better life. Even Scourge was jealous of how good Patch had it there.
- Would Hurt a Child: When Elias derails his plans, Patch immediately plots to kill him, and then his wife Meg and stepdaughter Alexis, to ensure his ascent to the throne. Keep in mind that Alexis is a baby.
The Moebius counterpart to Rotor. Boomer is the team's tech expert, at one point helping Sonic get back to Mobius Prime when Scourge, then Anti-Sonic, stranded him on Moebius. When Scourge came back and revamped the team, Boomer happily took to replacing his body parts with machinery.
- Cyborg: He integrated himself with some permanent Power Armor.
- Evil Counterpart: While he's the Anti-Rotor, Boomer, post upgrade, is an evil mirror of Bunnie especially as Bunnie's Moebius counterpart defected. When fighting Bunnie is suprised that Boomer would willingly alter his body for power especially as her own roboticization was unwilling.
- Evil Genius: Whips up inventions and all manner of sinister gismos for the team to use.
- Satellite Character: While Boomer has done a few things on his own, notably sending Sonic home when Scourge tossed him to Moebius, he's easily the least developed compared to the other Suppression Squad members and mostly exists as a tag along. In some ways this is a similarity he has with Rotor as Rotor found himself struggling to stay relevent in the changing times.
The Iron Queen (Regina Ferrum)
A technomage who controlled the Dragon Kingdom with her partner The Iron King. First seen as a more typical sorceress and reappeared later, revamped, to take control of the Eggman Empire after Eggman lost his mind.
- Ambiguously Human: She looked like a human, but was married to the Iron King, an ox. A fan writing in for clarification was told she was actually a badger. However, when she was brought back it turned out The Queen is indeed human (an Overlander to be specific), and the titles "King" and "Queen" are purely honorary (so she's not an animal or in any sort of Interspecies Marriage).
- Amplifier Artifact: Used a Power Ring to amplify her staff.
- Big Bad: Of the "Iron Dominion" arc (while Eggman was incapacitated by a Villainous Breakdown.)
- Black Magic: Her first appearance had her using actual magic as opposed to Magitek.
- Borrowed Catchphrase: Upon her defeat at the hands of Sonic, she shouts out Robotnik's often-repeated statement of: "I HATE THAT HEDGEHOG!"
- Characterization Marches On: In her first appearance she used actual magic, spoke more informally, and struggled to take over a small area of the Dragon Kingdom.
- Cruel Mercy: The Iron Queen's sadistic nature is such that she often abandons a battle once she feels she's sufficiently dealt enough demoralization and suffering. Best shown when she takes control of Monkey Khan and uses him to kill the Dragon Kingdom Freedom Fighters, releasing her control over him just to gloat over how she turned him into her "divine weapon."
- Dragon Lady: In the final clash.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Initially it seemed she was using Snively for her own ends. But when he actually came looking for her during his defection from Eggman, she actually returns his feelings for her.
- Humiliation Conga: She had seemingly taken over New Metropolis, could control it at her whim and had the four houses and the Dark Egg Legion as a grand army with Iron King acting as an enforcer. Victory seemed well assured...then Nicole broke free from her control and strung her along until Sonic returned to which she turned on her. Ken informs the clans their leaders have broken ties with the Iron Dominion to which the clans promptly abandon her. Lien-Da seizes the opportunity to betray her (though that problem Regina does manage to solve by activating Lien-Das explosive in her cybernetics and putting her on the brink of death but this forces the Legion to flee as a result), the Iron King is sent flying through the stratosphere by Ken, Snively turns tail and goes crawling back to Eggman leaving her to fend for herself against the Freedom Fighters. She tries one last feeble attack by using the nanites to turn into a dragon. But when it's clear she's outnumbered and outgunned by the heroes, she tries to retreat, only for Sonic to stop her and drop her right in the middle of the Freedom Fighters to which she's quickly arrested. And all of that in one issue. -Whistles-
- Magitek: She can control the electrical impulses found in all active electronics and send him out at will. As you can imagine, she's quite dangerous to opponents who are partly or completely robotic. And especially to environments controlled by them.
- Meaningful Name: Regina means queen, Ferrum means iron.
- Noblewoman's Laugh: Even in print, it manages to be grating.
- Playing with Fire: In her original appearance she set Mount Stormtop on fire via magic.
- Put on a Bus: Gone after the reboot — though she is actually a Frank Strom creation.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: She wears a red-and-black striped dress.
- Retcon: Originally she used actual magic; in her reappearance she was stated to use technomagic.
- Sadist: Regina deeply enjoys making people suffer, both physically and mentally, to the extent she'll abandon a battle once she deems a sufficient amount of demoralization has been dealt.
- Shout-Out: To Princess Iron Fan from Journey to the West.
- Start of Darkness: A backstory fleshes hers out — she was born into a "technomancy" cult, and trained in Magitek as a child. She never knew she was doing anything illegal until they were all arrested and she was ultimately exiled, with no friends or any place to go, just as the great war was breaking out. She became a villain to claw her way back to power, restore her cult's status, and get revenge.
- Technopath: She has the ability to control machinery with her magic.
- Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: The statuesque Iron Queen dating the four-foot-tall Snively.
- Unholy Matrimony: With Snively. Though it would seem each of them were to an extent using each other to advance their own positions, there's some genuine mutual affection there too.
- Vain Sorceress
- You Gotta Have Green Hair
The Iron King (Jun Kun)
- Achilles' Heel: Being a Mighty Glacier, he is virtually unstoppable and nearly unmovable. One of the only people that can actually keep up with his raw power is Amy with her Piko Piko Hammer. However, the Fan of Xen Fing is the one thing that can literally send him flying due to its mysterical wind.
- A Load of Bull: Rather self-evident.
- A Twinkle in the Sky: How he's finally defeated when Ken breaks out a mystical fan he had thought hidden away. With one sweep, Ken sends him flying right out of the kingdom.
- Attack! Attack! Attack!: His default strategy. Then again seeing how strong as he is, it's pretty justified.
- Big "NO!": Lets this out after he's sent flying by the Fan of Fen Xing for the second time.
- The Brute: Could be the poster child for this position in the comics, being big on brawn and possessing little in the way of brains.
- Dumb Muscle: While more ambitious than most in this regard, in the end hes this he doesnt have much in the way of strategic thinking beyond hitting things really hard, and generally leaves the planning to the Iron Queen.
- Expy: In some ways, to Kalibak of the DC Comics universe, being a big bruiser with an affinity for using a Tremor Mace in combat.
- General Failure: He was this before getting before receiving backing from Robotnik, being unable to conquer either the Free People of the Dragon Kingdom OR the Ninja Clans.
- The Juggernaut: Plays this role in the comic, being super-strong and almost impossible to really hurt. The best most can manage against him is slowing him down rather than flat out defeating him.
- Large and in Charge: Towers over his subordinates, along with everyone else.
- Meaningful Name: His name, Jun Kun, roughly translates into Ruler of Earth.
- Mighty Glacier: Neither physically nor mentally the quickest of individuals, but still very, VERY powerful.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: Another of his powers. Curiously, he is the only character in the comic with Super-Strength who is also displayed as being invulnerable.
- Non-Standard Character Design: Even with the comic gradually utilizing the streamlined design philosophy of the games for most of its Mobian characters, the Iron King still stands out.
- Oh, Crap!: Has this reaction when he realizes the heroes have the Fan of Fen Xing.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: Takes enormous pride in being a warrior and is VERY boastful about his prowess as one. This had lead him to commit acts of Bond Villain Stupidity, as he believes that letting someone live with the shame of defeat is worse than actually killing them sufficed to say, this does not work out well for him. At all.
- Put on a Bus: Gone after the reboot — like with the Queen, he is actually a Frank Strom creation.
- Shout-Out: Just as Monkey Khan is a shoutout to Sun Wukong from Journey to the West, so too is the Iron King a shoutout to the Demon Bull King of the same story, being a big evil Ox who has clashed with Monkey Khan in the past.
- Unholy Matrimony: Subverted; his title is strictly ceremonial, and he is emphatically NOT the Iron Queens husband. Though he was weirdly resentful of Snively during the time they spent in New Megaopolis
- Super Strength: Confirmed to be one of the top five strongest creatures on Mobius.
- Weapon of Choice: His Tremor Mace.
General Helmut von Stryker
The leader of the Dingo Regime, Helmut Von Stryker was an enemy of Knuckles turned quasi-ally. For centuries the dingoes and echidna fought tooth and nail. When both the dingoes and the echidna returned from their pocket dimensions in the present, Von Stryker attempted to resume the ancient feud only to be beaten back by Knuckles while the Dingos home city was destroyed. Living at the mercy of his former enemies, Von Stryker did everything in his power to try and ensure that his people would have a life outside the slums of Echidnapolis, encouraging extreme activism to get his message across. Was temporarily usurped by his son, and in the aftermath, he returned to leading his people in the Sandopolis Zone.
- Anti-Hero: Though he debuts as an antagonist Helmut ultimately spends more time as a heroic character or uneasy ally.
- Anti-Villain: While generally antagonistic toward Knuckles and echidna-kind, Von Strykers main concerns were taking care of his people and ensuring that they were given the same standard of living as the echidna.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Overlaps with Ass Kicking Equals Authority.
- Badass Normal: Despite being a normal dingo, he managed to punch Mammoth Mogul in the face and live.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Punched Mammoth Mogul in the face while Mogul was Master Mogul, and actually managed to hurt him.
- Empowered Badass Normal: He outfits himself with a powerful gauntlet for his first fight with Knuckles. Subsequent fights with the Dark Legion and Mammoth Mogul had him resort to standard Dingo Firearms and his own physical strength.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He didn't approve of his son's methods but he did love him nonetheless and is visibly sadden by his death.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He may have been against the Echidnas but he never went as far as enslaving them as his son did. He just wanted a better life for his people away from them. He's also not above teaming with Knuckles for the greater good.
- Eyepatch After Timeskip: Stryker was last seen leading the Dingos in an attack against the Xorda superweapon pre-timeskip. Post-timeskip he was MIA for quite a while as his son had deposed him; when he appears again in the desert he's revealed to be wearing an eyepatch likely as a result of his son.
- Fantastic Racism: As per tradition, feels a good deal of this towards the echidna.
- Fighting for a Homeland: His ultimate goal. The Dingos own homeland was destroyed when the zones shifted, and since then he has been trying to give his people a life that didnt rely on the Echidnas dubious charity. In the aftermath of Enerjak Reborn, he got what he wanted.
- Four-Star Badass: Seems to be a prerequisite for being the leader of the dingoes.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Had a rather gnarly looking one over his right eye. When his son took over the regime, he lost it entirely.
- Heartbroken Badass: In spite of everything, he still loved his son. Kage's death shook him despite his acknowledgment that he was a tyrant.
- Jerkass Has a Point: A major difficulty that Knuckles had in dealing with Stryker during the Dingo immigration into Echidnopolis is that Stryker was often in the right. The Dingoes were stuck as second class citizens and Stryker's belief that the government was attempting to go back on their promise for housing is ultimately proven correct. Even though he was critical of them, Stryker really did try to have the Dingoes cooperate with the Echidnas and mobilized them to defend the city multiple times.
- Large and in Charge: Before the Art Shift dingoes were typically portrayed as being taller than other animals, and Von Stryker was bigger than the other Dingo.
- Noble Bigot: While feeling a great deal of loathing for the echidna, he looked out for his peoples best interests and fought against his sons genocidal actions.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: Dingo society revolved around their military, and is more about discipline and order than honor and might makes right.
- Put on a Bus: Gone after the reboot.
- Shout-Out: His design and Germanic name are shout-outs to Arnold Schwarzenegger.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Everything he did was done in the name of giving his people a better life.
General Kage von Stryker
The son of Helmut Von Stryker. During Sonics time in space, Kage overthrew his father for leadership of the dingoes and accepted military backing from the Eggman Empire. With their combined troops, technology, and weaponry, Kage began a horrific war of retribution and conquest against the echidna. He was eventually ousted from power thanks to the efforts of Knuckles, Sonic, and the Chaotix, but unfortunately, he managed to reduce the Echidna population significantly. During the Enerjak Reborn arc, Kage was disintegrated after bad-mouthing Enerjak.
- Antagonistic Offspring: He was this towards his father, whom he resented for actually working with the echidna rather than taking the most violent route possible.
- Asshole Victim: Knuckles as Enerjak is unleashed on the world and he does a lot of damage. He displaces people, depowered the legion, exiled the innocent Echidna, and attacked his friends. However when it came to actual murder the only one he ended up killing was Kage which kept him from becoming too unsympathetic considering Kage's notorious cruelty.
- Broken Pedestal: He once respected his father, but became frustrated by his willingness to work with the echidna, leading Kage to usurp his position.
- Cyborg: His entire left side, as well as his right hand and the right half of his face, is cybernetic.
- Even Evil Can Be Loved: His father still had some feelings of paternal affection for him after all he'd done. Though considering what Kage did to him it's implied this wasn't mutual.
- Eviler Than Thou: Helmut may have hated echidnas, but he could be reasoned with and was willing to open a dialogue with them. Kage would not and resented that Helmut would even consider working with them.
- Fantastic Racism: Like his father, he hates the echidna. Unlike his father, he decided to just kill them all.
- Fascist, but Inefficient: While Helmut was authoritarian most viewed his administration as fairly effective; Kage by contrast was far more of a fascist and his rule was far less effective. Even though Kage was essentially running Angel Island for a time, his regime was mostly concerned about snuffing out the echidnas and working to expand Eggman's grip. The Dingo Regime still traded with the outside world but a number of civilian Dingos noted how much more efficient Helmut's rule was than Kage's.
- Kick the Dog: Kage was often depicted as cruel and brutal to the point of pointlessness.
- The Echidna population was reduced significantly because of Kage and his actions. He even willingly joined the Eggman Empire for the resources to carry out his genocide.
- While he enjoyed torturing Locke he was at least under orders by Eggman to get information from him. What he did to Harry though was largely because Harry's betrayal pissed him off and Kage disfigured him.
- Killed Off for Real: He's vaporized by Enerjak.
- A Nazi by Any Other Name: The dingoes, in general, skirted this line thanks to their fascist styled culture and their leader, but after Kage took over it becomes blatant; menacing uniforms, a flag with a red, black and white color scheme, enacting genocidal cruelty against a longstanding ethnic enemy by putting them into work-camps, etc.
- Psycho Electro: His cybernetics gave him this powerset.
- Remember the New Guy?: Before his introduction, there had never been any mention of Helmut Von Stryker having a son or any kind of family.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To his father. He was created when the writers decided that Von Stryker going on a genocidal rampage was out of character.
- Too Dumb to Live: Yes, Kage, mouth off about how many echidna youve killed to the crazy echidna demigod. Thats BOUND to work out for you in the long run.
- Torture Technician: Liked to handle this job personally.
- Uncanny Family Resemblance: He's his dad with cyborg parts.
- The Usurper: Overthrew his father for command over the dingoes.
An ancient mammoth wizard with a penchant for verbosity.
- Affably Evil: As power hungry as he is, he is distinguished by his upper-class etiquette, and has scruples concerning bargains. Is also finding enjoyment as a businessman to pass time before he can finally make a power play. That doesn't mean he won't enjoy making Sonic's life hell in the mean time however.
- A God Am I: When hopped up on enough Chaos energy, he became Master Mogul, who was strong enough to nearly destroy the whole Multiverse. Fortunately, Tails was able to stop him.
- Alternate Company Equivalent: Of DC Comics' Vandal Savage. They're both a centuries-old warlord who was given immortality by Green Rocks. And like Vandal Savage in the DC Animated Universe, Mogul ends up surviving a future disaster and regretting the things he's done.
- The Atoner: Has become this in Silver's future.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: Usually can be seen sporting a really nice suit.
- Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work: He ended up defeating Dimitri as Enerjak by showing up and depowering him to advance his own plans. In the "Enerjak Reborn" arc Sonic admits its a shame that they don't have any other magical bad guys on hand to do the dirty work again with the new Enerjak.
- Big Bad: Has had his turn at being this several times over the course of the series.
- Complete Immortality: His main schtick, thanks to the Chaos Emerald embedded in his chest.
- Cruel Elephant: A villainous mammoth with ambitions of world domination.
- Devil in Plain Sight: His current status.
- Eviler Than Thou: Pulled this on Dimitri and Ixis Naugus. His speech to a hospitalized Dimitri cinches it.
Mogul: We're two of a kind, you and I! Both creations from our exposure to the Chaos Emerald and both staring deep into the dark abyss.
Dimitri: You didn't mention — how much — we're accountable for!
Mogul: Is that a guilty conscience you're wearing on your sleeve Dimitri? It's a bit late in the game for that, wouldn't you say?
Dimitri: I did what I believed to be right! Can you say the same?
Mogul: The only thing that matters in life is survival! All else is secondary!
- Evil Is Petty: Sonic's opinion of him. He's powerful but more focused on greed than anything and not above just trying to make Sonic look bad.
- Evil Sorcerer: The strongest in the series.
- Expy: Of Vandal Savage. Both of which seeking world conquest, as well as immortality after being exposed to a cosmic power.
- Greater-Scope Villain: Of almost the entire pre-genesis wave continuity, arguably. Thousands of years ago, he founded the Order of Ixis, which eventually led to the creation of Ixis Naugus, whose actions, which may include starting the Great War, in turn led to Dr. Robotnik's rise to power, who's death ultimately led to nearly every villain in the book today, with Naugus responsible for the ones that aren't Mogul. Naugus and Robotnik are still quite active (and are, in fact, the current top two villains of the series), whereas Mogul has semi-retired from active villainy, running a casino and deciding to use his immortality to outlive the heroes and make his move then.
- HeelFace Turn: In the far off future since there isn't really anything for him to take over anymore due to the world being destroyed. He devotes his time to training Silver.
- Informed Ability: Boasts in one instance when lacking a Chaos Emerald that he still has his magic and claims to possess Super Strength due to his great size (he never took part in fight without using magic in the past), but got knocked out by Sally and a motorcycle immediately afterwards.
- Long Game: After gaining a new Chaos Emerald and his full power, he decides to take advantage of his immortality and simply wait it out until Sonic either died or was too old to oppose him, then resume his plan to Take Over the World; by this point, he's realized that no matter what he does or how powerful he gets, Sonic wouldalwaysfind a way to win.
- Legitimate Businessmen's Social Club: His Casino Night Club, where he employs retired badniks and is directly adjacent to a place called the Bottom of the Barrel Bar and Grill.
- Man of Wealth and Taste: Almost always a very fine suit.
- Non-Standard Character Design: As a mammoth, he looks a lot more realistic than many of the other Mobians.
- Old Master: He's Silver's mentor in his future, having apparently seen the error of his ways, and Silver is completely ignorant of his former status as a villain.
- Pragmatic Villainy:
- Mogul always presents himself as a man of class and treats his minions semi-decently as long as the benefits outweigh the costs. When he is imprisoned inside the Egg Grapes with his faction, Eggman notes that Mogul is protecting all of them from the life draining machines with his powers. As the Egg Grapes drain his energy more and more, Mogul retracts that protection to save himself, leaving the Arachne to die and forcing Naugus to take the brunt of the effects which left him with brain damage for a while. Though he still saved the Destructix, they abandon him, knowing if they'd been trapped longer he'd have let the Grapes kill them like the rest of Eggman's victims.
- After breaking out of the New Mobotropolis prison, he decides to stop being an active villain and run a shady but fairly legitimate casino. Not because he decided to stop being evil, but because he realized that no matter how much power he gains or what he does, fate itself seems to bend to ensure Sonic will always win; thus, Mogul decides the only way to truly defeat Sonic is to just wait it out until he dies of old age.
- Psychic Powers: Part and parcel of his super-powers.
- Put on a Bus: Gone after the reboot — though ironically actually a Scott Fulop creation. Fulop would eventually lose in his attempt to claim copyright in court against Archie Comics.
- Really 700 Years Old: Is, at least, 12,000 years old.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Mogul has been sealed away a number of times in the series, but he always breaks loose.
- He was briefly sealed in the Master Emerald when it was formed, and escaped when Eggman broke it to feed Chaos.
- He was also trapped inside his own Chaos Emerald for a while and held there by the Ancient Walkers. However having wounded them earlier they were dying and he finally kills them when his plans for the Arachne to retrieved the Sword of Acorns comes to past.
- He was then imprisoned in the Egg Grapes, Eggman noted that Mogul's powers prevented him from degrading like so many other victims of the process. A.D.A.M. eventually frees him.
- Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: He is notably verbose in his speech, and routinely mocked for this.
Geoffery St. John: You said that all in one breath. You are a talker.
- Stock Dinosaurs: While mammoths are not true dinosaurs, they're among the most well-known and iconic of prehistoric non-dinosaurs. Mogul is also notable in that he's one of the only characters in the series to be derived from an extinct animal as opposed to an extant one.
- Strong and Skilled: Best shown after stealing Enerjak's power. In addition to being a borderline Reality Warper, Mogul has had over a millennium to learn and master multiple different forms of combat, and was a match for Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles' super forms simultaneously.
- Taught by Experience: After breaking out of the prison in New Mobotropolis, he avoids fighting Sonic. Realizing that no matter what he did, SOMETHING would stop him, Mogul decided that since he was immortal, he would just wait till Sonic died of old age. And then Take Over the World. This probably wound up backfiring, because whatever cataclysm hit in the future wound up doing it in Sonic's lifetime and he likely wasn't powerful enough to combat the new threat, which likely contributed to his HeelFace Turn in the future.
- Wicked Cultured: Despite his oft-unabashed malevolent goals, he conducts himself with great pride and decorum.
- Villain Respect: In spite of all of his attempts at killing the heroes he does hold some respect for them. When he and Amadeus Prower are in prison, Mogul tells him that Tails is a remarkable boy and that Amadeus should be proud of his son.
A demigod being imbued with the power of a living Chaos Emerald. While only two incarnations have been seen in the series, there are at least four incarnations.
The first Enerjak was a scientist whom the Ancient Walkers allowed to ascend into the Chaos Force alongside his lover Aurora. However, Enerjak became corrupted during his transcedence, he was scattered throughout the Chaos Force, but his dark spirit lingered on...
The second Enerjak, a researcher like the first, was corrupted by one of his experiments and possessed by the Enerjak's spirit. Rising to power during the Forgotten War between the Order of Ixis and the Albion Knights of Aurora, he was such a threat that the two warring factions agreed to a temporarily alliance and defeated him through unknown means.
The third Enerjak and the first seen in the comics was Dimitri, who attempted to drain power from the Chaos Emeralds that were keeping Angel Island afloat to try to bring it back down to earth. His device failed, granting him the power that rivaled a god, which he intended to use until he was sealed away for several centuries. Eventually he returned to finish what he'd started by menacing Angel Island, only to be thwarted several times by the Guardian; Knuckles, and the Chaotix. He was eventually stripped of his power by Mogul using the Sword of Acorns, ending the third Enerjak's reign for good.
The fourth and final Enerjak was the very Guardian Knuckles himself. Manipulated into becoming Enerjak by the evil Dr. Finitevus, Enerjak would proceed to eliminate nearly all threats to Angel Island in a single day; he banished the Dingoes to Sandopolis, vaporised their leader General Kage Von Stryker along with their city, stripped both the Fire & Frost fractions of the Dark Legion of all their cybernetic implants (which he deemed "impure"), and destroyed Dr. Eggman's entire Egg Fleet with little effort. However, his time as Enerjak came to an end when Sonic went into his Super Form and, while he was distracted fighting him, Knuckles' father Locke sacrificed his life to break the spell he was under, bringing an end to the fourth incarnation of Enerjak.
For tropes pertaining to the Dark Mobius incarnations, go here.
- A God Am I: Anyone who dons the power and name of Enerjak risks inflating their own egos and, unfortunately, have that power to back it up. Only Jani-Ca, "Dark Mobius" Knuckles' daughter, manages to defy this since she uses it to restore as much damage her father inflicted on the planet as she is able to.
- Enemy Mine: The Second incarnation was so powerful that the Order of Ixis and the Albion Knights of Aurora (both side were at war with each other at the time) were forced to work together just to stop him. At a more present time, both Sonic and Eggman formed a truce to stop the Knuckles incarnation.
- Eviler Than Thou: Eggman managed to capture the Knuckles incarnation, siphoning off some of his energy using his Egg Grapes. Enerjak proceeded to escape and decimate Eggman's forces and city, forcing the good doctor to take cover.
- Hero Killer: Is extremely feared by the heroes regardless of the incarnation. Knuckles really only survived against the Dimitri incarnation the first time due to Idiot Ball moments on Dimitri's part, while the Knuckles incarnation required Super Sonic to fight him.
- Imagination-Based Superpower: Every incarnation of Enerjak is a nigh-omnipotent Reality Warper, their powers and feats limited only by their imagination.
- The Juggernaut: The Knuckles incarnation went toe-to-toe with Super Sonic.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: The Knuckles incarnation gets in on this quite a bit:
- Decimating Eggman's city and forces, which contributed to the good doctor's ongoing Villainous Breakdown. Of course, considering Eggman had recently nuked Knothole off the face of Mobius and gleefully tried to use most of the echidna population to power his forces via the life-sucking Egg Grape Champers, on top of numerous other atrocities, you won't feel bad for him.
Enerjak: There. I was planning on punishing Dr. Eggman anyway.
- His killing of Kage Von Stryker, by slowly tearing him apart molecule by molecule. Considering Kage was a racist bastard who overthrew his more reasonable father as the leader of the Dingo Regime, happily worked for Eggman in order to wipe out the Echidna population, and went so far as to put numerous Echidnas in what were blatantly Nazi-style concentration camps, he gets absolutely no sympathy from the audience.
- Decimating Eggman's city and forces, which contributed to the good doctor's ongoing Villainous Breakdown. Of course, considering Eggman had recently nuked Knothole off the face of Mobius and gleefully tried to use most of the echidna population to power his forces via the life-sucking Egg Grape Champers, on top of numerous other atrocities, you won't feel bad for him.
- Knight of Cerebus: Any time a version of Enerjak shows up, it's a sign things will take a turn for the worse.
- Legacy Character: So far, Dimitri, Knuckles, his counterpart from the "Dark Mobius" universe, and said counterpart's daughter have worn the mantle of Enerjak. Finitevus has implied that there have been more, touching back on the fact that when in flashbacks Dimitri took the name Enerjak he said he was taking the name of an "ancient evil."
- The encyclopedia released recently reveals Dimitri was the third Enerjak. The first was an echidna researcher who was given the chance to Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence but became corrupted and his consciousness was scattered across the Chaos Force. This original Enerjak suppresses the consciousness of others, including Dimitri, Knuckles, and an unnamed Enerjak who fought in the Forgotten Wars.
- Physical God: Even among super form characters these guys are strong.
- Reality Warper: To a slight degree.
- Omnicidal Maniac: More Dimitri than Knuckles' incarnation.
- Put on a Bus: Gone after the reboot.
- Smug Snake: The Dimitri incarnation shows that he is far more powerful than Knuckles, and only loses because he flat doesn't use his powers when fighting him.
- Unskilled, but Strong
Sonic The Hedgehog: 10 Characters Who Originated In The Comics
Sonic the Hedgehog has been around for nearly thirty years, and in many ways, the character has never been more popular. Sonic video games are still in production, and they continue to add even more supporting characters to Sonic’s roster of friends, but there’s now a live-action Sonic movie with a sequel on the way.
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It’s exciting to see where Sonic may end up in the years to come, but he’s also been the star of several series of comics that are actually some of the more satisfying video game comics on the market. The number of Sonic characters continues to balloon, but many intriguing figures all get their start in the Sonic the Hedgehog comics.
10 Archimedes, The Fire Ant Trains Knuckles, To Avenge His Kind
One reason why the Sonic the Hedgehog comics are extremely fulfilling is that they don’t just devote a lot of time to Knuckles and the Echidna history, but he even gets his own spin-off series that digs deeper into all of this material. Knuckles’ birthright to keep the Master Emerald safe makes him a member of Guardians' sacred Brotherhood. It’s revealed that Echidna Brotherhood members all train under Fire Ants, who are proficient in combat. Knuckles’ training is with Archimedes, who teaches Knuckles a lot, but a tumultuous relationship forms between Knuckles and this mentor figure.
9 Scourge The Hedgehog Is The Ultimate Evil Hedgehog
The Sonic franchise has steadily introduced more characters, but there’s also specifically been an increase in alternate Hedgehogs, often evil persuasion. The Sonic comics come up with a very ambitious idea of an alternate version of Mobius called Moebius that features an alternate Anti-Sonic. This Anti-Sonic begins as a rival, but his jealousy becomes so intense that he schemes to acquire Master Emerald and wish to become Sonic’s superior. The gambit goes awry, and Anti-Sonic is turned green, becomes more vindictive, and begins to operate as Scourge the Hedgehog.
8 Enerjak/Dmitri Tries To Enslave The World As Cyborgs
The Sonic the Hedgehog franchise is well versed when it comes to evil cyborgs or malevolent robotic enhancements. Too many versions of Metal Sonic exist, which makes this abomination a refreshing change of pace. One of the most dangerous examples of this is Dmitri, otherwise known as Enerjak, who becomes a major antagonist for Knuckles throughout his journey.
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Enerjak commands an entire army of killer cyborg Echidna that is known as the Dark Legion. He’s a very chilling and apocalyptic character who makes a greater impact because he started as an extended Knuckles family member.
7 Saffron Bee Is Charmy’s Bride-To-Be
Charmy Bee is one of the more niche characters from the corners of the Sonic universe, but he’s slowly popped up in more titles and stories in the past few years. The Sonic the Hedgehog comics actually pay a visit to the Golden Hive Colony, which explores Charmy’s community and his fiancée, Saffron Bee. Saffron tags along with Team Equinox, and Charmy at first seem annoyed by her company, but they grow more committed through the series, and she’s one of the few warm reminders that Charmy associates with his home.
6 Julie-Su The Echidna Wants Revenge For Her Slain Family
The plight of the Echidna brings a very depressing storyline to the Sonic comics. These stories introduce a lot of new Echidna, but Julie-Su is one of the most important. She’s an Echidna with a tragic past where she’s orphaned and raised among the Dark Legion until she’s able to escape into Knuckles’ Chaotix team. Julie-Su and Knuckles form a genuine bond that embraces both their extremes. Julie-Su’s personal investment in taking down Dmitri and the Dark Legion turns her into one of Sonic the Hedgehog’s most fulfilling characters and the strongest female vigilante in the series.
5 Tommy the Turtle Is One Of Sonic’s Oldest Friends
Tommy Turtle suddenly appears out of nowhere, but he and everyone else operate like he’s always been a part of Sonic’s posse. It’s an interesting way to play with continuity. Sonic and Tommy’s friendship stems from the old “Tortoise and the Hare” fable since they’re both at opposite extremes when it comes to their speed.
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Tommy’s story begins lighthearted, but it takes a dramatic turn when Robotnik’s nanites take over his body and nearly claim all of the chaos Emeralds for nefarious purposes before Tommy pulls off a maneuver that takes the enemy out with him.
4 The Chaos Devil Combines Sonic And Mega Man’s Worst Evils
For a long time, Sonic the Hedgehog’s home is with Archie Comics, and during this period of time, they had also acquired a few other video game properties that they could experiment with through comics. This synergy leads to a crossover event between Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man in the Worlds Collide and Worlds Unite series. This actually a very long tribute to both series that has some enjoyable ideas. Chief among them thought that Sonic’s Chaos would combine with Mega Man II’s Yellow Devil and turn into an even more horrifying and frustratingly difficult creation.
3 Relic The Pika Is A Brilliant Resource For The Freedom Fighters
Sonic the Hedgehog establishes that areas like Angel Island have ancient histories that are full of mysterious secrets. Knuckles does a reasonably good job with his maintenance and exploration of the island, but Relic the Pika is a beneficial resource for all Echidna involved. Relic is a genius archaeologist who specializes in Angel Island’s ruins. Pika’s not necessarily the best support in a battle, but her work is invaluable, and she’s just as important to the Freedom Fighters and the Brotherhood of Guardians.
2 Gold The Tenrec Is Lost In The Future
The Sonic the Hedgehog series was already complicated enough before Silver the Hedgehog introduces time travel and an alternate reality set 200 years in the future. Gold’s present is a frightening time, and the Second Devourer's threat leaves her unsure of who to trust. Gold gets pulled in different directions, but she’s ultimately able to align with Silver and help him with his larger mission to protect not just their timeline but all timelines. Gold makes an entertaining companion to Silver, even when she’s not a huge source of help.
1 Captain Metal Is A Wild Take On An Old Foe
Sonic is no stranger to facing evil versions of himself that are courtesy of Dr. Robotnik’s mad science. These inventions get more extravagant, but one of Robotnik’s earliest and most successful projects is Metal Sonic. Metal Sonic has found a large audience over time and the Sonic comics try to do something fresh with the character by breaking him down, only to bring him back as a twisted robot pirate. Captain Metal is certainly a fun subversion of standard pirate tropes, and it has more personality than the standard Metal Sonic. It’s a weird idea, but one that works.
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